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Label Problem Prompts Recall of Beef Trim

A Denver company is recalling approximately 2,234 pounds of beef trim that was improperly labeled and thus must be considered potentially adulterated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

Colorado Meat Packers’ product label includes “For Cooking Only,” indicating that it is intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment, the FSIS said in a news release. Because the product was sent to a federal establishment that does not conduct lethality operations, the product must be removed from commerce. The problem was discovered as a result of an FSIS investigation and review of company records.

The product is subject to recall is Combo Bin of All Beef Trimmings.

The bin bears the establishment number “EST. 17086” inside the USDA mark of inspection and can be identified by the case code “9002 N.” The ground beef trim was produced on Dec. 2, 2010 and sent to a federal establishment in Colorado for further processing without testing. All testing conducted on other trim produced on the same day from the same source materials was negative for E. coli O157:H7. 

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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