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Recall: 7,000 lbs. of raw beef packaged without USDA inspection

Thousands of packages of beef are being recalled because they were shipped without USDA inspection. (Source: Pixabay) Thousands of packages of beef are being recalled because they were shipped without USDA inspection. (Source: Pixabay)
A label is shown from one of the products under recall. (Source: USDA) A label is shown from one of the products under recall. (Source: USDA)

(RNN) - Texas Meat Packers has recalled about 7,146 lbs. of raw beef that were produced and packaged without a federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

The products bear the USDA mark of inspection despite no inspection being done.

USDA inspection personnel discovered the problem March 30 when they reviewed records at the company and discovered the facility operated on March 24 without review. 

The following products produced March 23 and March 24 are listed in the recall:

  • 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 March 24.
  • 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 March 24 and a use-by date of March 23, 2019.
  • Varying weights of vacuum-packed packages of fresh “USDA choice angus beef, fajita seasoned steak, beef flank steak for fajitas," a packaging date of March 23 and March 24, a use or freeze-by date of April 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 March 24, and a use or freeze-by date of April 18, and an item code of 567248253 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label.  

The beef products were shipped to institutional and retail locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin, and bear the establishment number 34715 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

People who have purchased these products should not use them. Either take them back to the place of purchase for a refund or throw them away.

No health problems have been reported in connection with the use of these products. Anyone worried about possible adverse reaction should see a healthcare provider.

Those with questions about the recall can contact Shane Fresh, vice president of quality assurance for Patterson Foods, at (817) 546-3561.

For more information on food health and safety, contact Ask Karen, the USDA's virtual representative. Those with concerns can access the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System.

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