If you live in one of the nine states listed below, you’ll want to check your fridges and freezers, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a massive recall of raw beef. The raw beef recall occurred when the USDA discovered that more than 7,000 pounds of fresh and frozen raw beef had been packaged, distributed and sold without being federally inspected, originating at the Fort Worth, Texas-based facility Texas Meat Packers. Representatives for the facility’s owner, Patterson Foods, did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.
The recalled raw beef was sold in the following nine states, according to the USDA: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Here’s everything you need to know about this raw beef recall.
Which Frozen & Fresh Raw Beef Was Recalled?
There are four specific product packages produced by Texas Meat Packers involved in this recall, as described in the USDA raw beef recall alert:
- 5-lb. vacuum-packed frozen packages of “BEEF SKIRT DICED FOR TACOS,” with a case code of 1470 in the upper left-hand corner of the label and a packaging date of 03/24/18.
- 5-lb. vacuum-packed frozen packages of “PRESEASONED BEEF FOR FAJITAS,” with a case code of 36989 in the upper left-hand corner of the label and a packaging date of 03/24/18 and a use-by date of 03/23/19.
- Varying weights of vacuum-packed packages of fresh “USDA CHOICE ANGUS BEEF, FAJITA SEASONED STEAK, BEEF FLANK STEAK FOR FAJITAS,” a packaging date of 03/23/18 and 03/24/18, a use or freeze-by date of 04/18/18, and an item code of 567248261 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label.
- Varying weights of vacuum-packed packages of fresh “USDA CHOICE ANGUS, FAJITA SEASONED STRIPS, BEEF FLANK STRIPS FOR FAJITAS,” a packaging date of 03/24/18, and a use or freeze-by date of 04/18/18, and an item code of 567248253 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label.
You can view the specific labels for each of the recalled beef products at the USDA website.
Why Was It Recalled?
These products were recalled because the USDA discovered they had not received a federal inspection by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as part of USDA regulation.
While no illnesses have been reported as a result of this recall, it has been given the USDA’s highest recall classification, given to a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” notes the USDA website.
How to Tell if Your Beef Is Part of the Recall
If tacos or fajitas are on your meal plan this week and you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas or Wisconsi—definitely check your fridges and freezers for the labels, item codes and the packaged on and freeze-by dates listed above.
Additionally, any package affected by this recall has the establishment number “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
What Parents Can Do
If you have any of these affected products at home, don’t cook and eat them, or serve it to your kids. You can either throw out any packages of the recalled beef you have or return those products back to the place where you bought them.
If you or someone in your family has already consumed this product and you’re worried about adverse reactions, the USDA recommends you get in touch with a healthcare provider.
Have you been affected by this recall? Share your stories in the comments.
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