Distributor recalls beef, pork products

by Erica Shaffer
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WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is investigating a case of misbranding of pork and beef products at Premier Distribution Center in Nogales, Ariz.

The company is recalling approximately 50,953 lbs. of pork and beef products due to misbranding. An FSIS inspector found that some of the inspection labels had been photocopied, the agency said. Further investigation revealed the labels had been applied after hours without the presence of a USDA inspector.

Products subject to the recall include:

• 22,133 lbs. of bulk frozen pork ribs belly soft bone-in, frozen pork collars and frozen pork back ribs in clear shrink wrapped plastic bags. Exterior boxes bear a photocopied version of the “I-655 US INSP’D & P’S’D”” and a shipping number #1880.

• 28,820 lbs. of various bulk cuts of frozen beef products, short loins, chuck short ribs, hind shanks, short ribs, banana steaks, brisket quarter trim, butt tenders, flank steaks, flap meat, inside skirt, lifter meat, pulled knuckles, rib eyes, tri-tips and oxtails; all in clear shrink-wrapped plastic bags. Exterior boxes bear a photocopied version of the “I-655 U.S. INSP’D & P’S’D” and a shipping mark number #2014110262.

FSIS said the beef items were produced on various dates from Nov. 29, 2014, through Dec. 18, 2014. The pork items were produced on various dates from Nov. 15, 2014, through Dec. 2, 2014. The products bear the shipping number of either #2014110262 for the beef products or #1880 for the pork products and were shipped to locations in California, Washington, and Arizona.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.
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