A Texas firm is recalling 60, 350 lbs of ground meat after a complaint was made from someone who found a piece of metal. Unfortunately, the FSIS news release does not say what conditions, in addition to one complaint, were present to necessitate such a huge recall. Were there more complaints logged in the companies consumer complain file, was there a non-conformance on metal detectors checks or grinder plate checks, or was there a noticeable metal issue in the facility?
Good reminder to have proper checks in place for metal.
FSIS Recall Notice
Sam Kane Beef Processors, LLC Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Material Contamination
Class II Recall 071-2016
Health Risk: Low Aug 10, 2016
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 – Sam Kane Beef Processors, LLC, a Corpus Christi, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 60,350 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ground beef packages were produced on July 26, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
10-lb. (4.54 kg) chubs containing “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and bearing case code number 00090180.
5-lb. (2.27 kg) chubs containing “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and bearing case code number 00090150.
3-lb. (1.37 kg) chubs containing “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and bearing case code number 00090170.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 337” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the product packaging seam. These items were shipped to three HEB Grocery distribution centers in Texas.
The problem was discovered when the establishment was notified of a consumer’s complaint of a small piece of metal in their purchased product.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mysti Richardson, Director of Marketing, at (361) 241-5000, ext. 241. Media with questions about the recall can contact David Mooney, President of Sales, at (361) 241-5000, ext. 314.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.