It’s not a good week for food safety. First there were Missa Bay LLC’spresliced and prepackaged apples that had to be recalled from nationwide frachises and retail outlets due to possible Listeria contamination. Now Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing has issued a Class I (high health risk) recall on 38,200 lbs of beef products due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, one that’s generally known to be the average person’s least favorite strain of E. coli.
According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Draper, UT-based meat packing plant is recalling the following products:
- Various weight combo bins of Boneless Beef "50/50," "85/15," "90/10," "93/07" or "95/05" produced on Aug. 7, 2012.
- Various weight boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Aug. 7, 2012.
The products being recalled can also reportedly be identified by a packaging date of “08/07/2012” and the establishment number “EST. 4975” included with the USDA mark of inspection. The USDA notes that the E. coli contamination was discovered through testing conducted by its Agricultural Marketing Service; the organization also speculates that the source of the problem may have been a refrigerator malfunction. Just like with the prepackaged apple slices of earlier this week, no illnesses related to this recall have been reported.