California firm expands ground beef recall
by Meat&Poultry Staff
WASHINGTON – Central Valley Meat Co. expanded an earlier recall to include roughly 89,720 lbs. of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service reported.
The recalled meat was sampled as part of an ongoing FSIS investigation sparked by customer complaints about plastic pieces in Central Valley Meat’s ground beef. The company launched an earlier recall of 58,240 lbs. of ground beef on Sept. 20.
Ground beef products affected by the expanded recall include 40-lb. cases containing 10-lb. chubs of “Fine Ground Beef”, according to FSIS. The products bear the establishment number “Est. 6063A” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced on July 23, 2013, and can be further identified by case code “6063A3204A” or “6063A3204B” or “6063A3204C.”
The products were shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, Nebraska and North Carolina and intended for use by the National School Lunch Program. There have been no reports of illness or injury due to consumption of the ground beef.