HEB recalls meat products thought to contain metal shavings

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Approximately 75,465 lbs. of various fresh beef products is being recalled by HEB Meat Processing, San Antonio, Texas, on fears they may be contaminated with foreign materials, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late last week. The processing facility is owned by the HEB supermarket chain.

Subject products were produced June 9 and June 10 and then distributed for retail sale in Texas. The packages may also bear the establishment number “EST. 7231” in the USDA mark of inspection on the package label.

FSIS was alerted by the firm after HEB Meat Processing employees discovered metal shavings in products via a metal detection system June 10. Products from the June 10 and June 11 production date were destroyed as a result. The firm’s investigation determined the source of the fragments were from a failed bearing in auger machinery. On June 27, a customer reported finding metal in the product [produced on June 9] during an in-store sampling.

No reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products have been received.
Products subject to the recall include:
• Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB Seasoned Beef Skirt Steak for Fajitas with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 220736.
• Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB Seasoned Beef for Carne Guisada with sell-by date of 6/27/2014; with UPC code beginning 220595.
• Various weight vacuum sealed packages of Hill Country Fare Seasoned Beef for Fajitas with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 224234 or 220344.
• Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB Mi Comida Seasoned Beef Skirt Steak for Fajitas with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 222322 or 222340.
• Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB Seasoned Texas BBQ Rub Beef Skirt Steak with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 238715.
• Various weight Styrofoam tray-packed Beef for Stew packed on dates of 6/9/2014 through 6/28/2014 or the sell-by date of 6/24/2014; with UPC code beginning 222835, 220595, 220621, 221776, 222832 or 222836
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