A Utah company is recalling about 38,200 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7
Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing of Draper, UT issued the voluntary recall after testing conducted by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service revealed the presence of the bacteria.
Products subject to the recall include:
– Various weight combination bins of Boneless Beef “50/50,” “85/15,” “90/10,” “93/07” or “95/05”
– Boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef in various weights
These products were packed on August 7, 2012, as indicated on the label of each box, and distributed to wholesale and retail locations in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 4975,” located inside the USDA mark of inspection on packaging.
The establishment number may not be printed on products available for consumer purchase, as these may have been further processed or repackaged after purchase from Dale T. Smith and Sons.
The problem is thought to have arisen due to refrigeration malfunction. The company is recalling all beef products packaged on August 7 because of the potential that the bacteria may have spread from one product to another via cross-contamination.
Anyone with questions regarding the recall should call the company’s Plant Manager, Mike Smith, at 801-571-3611.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service urges consumers to cook ground beef products to a temperature of 160 degrees F. If ground beef is in patty form, the center of the patty should reach this temperature. Whole cuts should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.© Food Safety News