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Update: CO Firm Expands Recall of Meat and Poultry Products Produced Under ‘Insanitary Conditions’

This page has been updated to include a retail distribution list released on Dec. 20.

Yauk’s Specialty Meats of Windsor, CO, is expanding its recall announced Monday to include an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced under insanitary conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The products being recalled on Thursday are in addition to the approximately 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were recalled on Dec. 9, 2013, and carry different brand names.

Products subject to this recall and expansion may be identified by the following brand names and bear the establishment number “Est. 20309” or “P-20309” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. Products that do not bear the establishment number “Est. 20309” or “P-20309” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection would not be included in this recall.

Products subject to the recall expansion include various meat and/or poultry products from the following brands:

  • Four Sisters Farm
  • Heart Rock Bison
  • High Point Bison
  • Luc’s Pizza
  • Mountain States Poultry & Meats
  • Open A Bar 2
  • Rocky Plains Quality Meats
  • Schmidt’s Bakery & Deli
  • Wag’s Livestock
  • Wayne’s Specialty Meats
  • Windsor Dairy
  • Wyoming Pure Beef
  • Yauk’s Specialty Meats

The following products are subject to the recall announced on Dec. 9:

  • “Colorado’s Best Beef” brand various fresh, smoked and shelf-stable meat products
  • “James Ranch” brand jerky and summer sausage
  • “Rocky Plains Meats” brand hams, bacon, raw and smoked sausage, jerky and raw poultry
  • “Long Family Farms” brand fresh and smoked pork products (brand name has been corrected in this expansion)
  • “Horned Beef” brand jerky
  • “Mile High Hungarian Sausage” brand fresh and smoked bacon and sausage

All products being recalled are packaged in retail-ready packaging of various sizes. Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 20309” or “P-20309” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced between April 1, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013, and can be identified by four-digit Julian dates ranging between 3091 and 3339. The products were sold at the wholesale and retail level in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

FSIS began a food safety assessment at the plant on Dec. 5, 2013, and discovered that product was being produced under insanitary conditions, including rodent activity in the production, storage and retail areas of the property. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

FSIS and the establishment have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

For a list of retail locations FSIS believes received the recalled products, click here.

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  • duff

    this is crazy.

  • Larry Launer

    Wonder how many illegals work there

  • Val

    It should, but the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act use the word “insanitary.” Blame Congress.

    • Amorette

      Yes, Congress can mandate bad spelling.

  • MikeyLikesIt

    Why was this caught only during an FSA, the insanitary conditions should have been addressed by the inspector(s) who are in-plant or visit the plant daily. To let the conditions get to the point of a recall should raise a flag to the inspection which occurs in the establishment. Although ultimately the establishment owner(s) or managers are responsible for the conditions that exist, USDA has the task of identifying the deficiencies so that they can be corrected before it gets to this point.

  • tmgibs34

    Sounds like some crazy meat lol

  • RLD62

    I did. I thought it was crazy.

  • BB

    Yes, in-plant inspector should have caught this. I’m guessing it got to the point of recall because the EIAO conducting the FSA informed the District Office of the conditions. This is the time of year that rodents are looking for a warm place. I’ve already caught 2 mice in my house the last few weeks. I have no idea where they are getting in, but I hope to find out eventually.

  • 14151617

    And yet the Appeals Court in CO lifted the injunction against USDA and FSIS for not doing Eviromental,study for opening Horse slaughter plants again.Where we know for a fact that waste and waste water,unsanitarty conditions are the rule in previous plants before they where closed.
    You really think they will catch the 100′s of drugs that are given to horses that are not to be given to animals that are used for consumption?
    Good Luck with that folks.