Two recalls attributed to foreign matter contamination

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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WASHINGTON-The US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on April 11 that Chicago-based Conagra Brands Inc. is recalling approximately 135,159 lbs. of Salisbury steak products (containing poultry, pork, and beef) that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone.

The problem was discovered after the company received several consumer complaints and three reports of minor oral injury associated with consumption of this product.

The family-style, heat treated, not shelf stable Salisbury steak and brown gravy products were produced on March 10, 2018.

The following products are subject to the recall: 

  • 27-oz. carton containing plastic shrink-wrapped packages containing 6 pieces of “Banquet FAMILY SIZE 6 SALISBURY STEAKS & BROWN GRAVY MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK AND BEEF – GRILL MARKS ADDED” with lot code 5006 8069 10 05 and a ‘Best by’ date of Sept. 1, 2019 printed on the package. The packages include the USDA mark of inspection with establishment number “P-115” located on the side panel. The items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

 

The FSIS also reported a recall of approximately 119,480 pounds of beef rib-shaped patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials from Koch Foods Inc.’s Fairfield, Ohio processing plant. Some product may contain plastic.

The fully cooked, not shelf stable rib-shaped beef patty with BBQ sauce products were produced on July 8, 2016.

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 30-lb. bulk boxes containing 6 plastic shrink-wrapped unlabeled packages of “Fully Cooked Rib-Shaped Beef Patty with BBQ Sauce” and identified by case code “67329” and lot number “JTM 16190” on the label. The products are labeled with establishment number “20795” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors nationwide for institutional use.

 

The problem was discovered when the company was notified about the issue by a customer. Koch Foods notified FSIS of the possible contamination on April 5, 2018. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. 

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