Heads up: the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued three separate food recalls this weekend, calling for the return of nine tons of bacon, chopped beef, and beef jerky throughout the United States. Two of the three food recalls are considered of Class II importance, while one of the recalls is a potentially deadly Class I.
The first Class II recall, as reported by food poisoning outbreak blog Food Poison Journal, is for 2,560 pounds of chopped beef products distributed by Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods out of Fowler, California. More specifically, the product being recalled is described as 4-lb bags labeled “Carne Asada Chopped Beef & Textured Wheat Protein in Red Hot Sauce,” with the establishment number 21269. According to the FSIS Alameda District Office, despite the fact that the bags bear a USDA mark of inspection, it was found that the company produced the chopped beef outside of normal business hours when an inspector would have been present.
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The second Class II recall is on 6,200 pounds of beef jerky products from Yant Beef Jerky in Jackson Center, Ohio. In this case, the reason the FSIS cites for the recall is misbranding and undeclared allergens. The beef jerky products under fire contain anchovy puree in a Worcestershire sauce – that anchovy puree is a known allergen that isn’t noted on the products’ labels. Being recalled are 1.6-oz, 3.25-oz, and 7-oz containers of: Yant’s Hot Beef Jerky, Yant’s X Hot Beef Jerky, Yant’s Mild Beef Jerky, Yant’s Southern BBQ Beef Jerky, and Yant’s Hot and Sweet Beef Jerky.
The Class I recall is, as the name suggests, the most serious by far. Jetro Cash and Carry Enterprises in New York is recalling 2,900 pounds of diced bacon products that the USDA and the FSIS fear may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It’s reported that, during a routine inspection by the FSIS, 5-pound bags of “Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon” were found to be infected with Listeria bacteria. The offending diced bacon bears case codes of 1173 and EST No. 169A, and has reportedly been shipped to Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio for further distribution.