E. coli concerns prompt beef recall

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – A food-safety assessment uncovered potentially unsafe beef trimmings at Caviness Beef Packers in Hereford, Texas. The company is recalling 23,100 lbs. of beef trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported that the products subject to the recall are lots that tested negative, but were produced consecutive to the lots that tested positive for the pathogen. The trimmings were subsequently processed into raw ground products and distributed to retailers.

Caviness and FSIS are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. FSIS did not report any illnesses associated with the product.

The beef trimmings were produced on Aug. 14 and Aug. 20. The products subject to the recall include:

• Combo bins containing “Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 90 L”
• Combo bins containing “Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 84 L”

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 675” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS said the beef products were sent to establishments for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number "EST. 675" on products available for direct consumer purchase. These products were shipped to fast food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas.
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