A Miami company, Northwestern Meat, is recalling approximately 6,240 pounds of frozen boneless beef imported from Honduras that may contain the animal drug Ivermectin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.
Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic used as a de-worming agent in animals.
There are no reports of illness associated with the beef. This is a Class II Recall, defined as a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences.
FSIS said it discovered the drug-residue problem during routine sampling of beef muscle tissue at a Honduras establishment, Empacadora C&D, on July 18. The production lots that produced violative results were refused entry into the U.S. However, Honduran authorities later notified the FSIS Office of International Affairs that additional beef from the same source had been shipped into the U.S. on an earlier date.
The boneless beef being recalled was sold in 60-pound cases of “C&D” brand bulk-packed cartons with a package code of “LOT. N60 146-11 A” or “LOT. N60 146-11 B” and a processing date of “26.05.11,” all shown on the box label.
The recalled beef was processed on May 26, 2011 and shipped to further processors in Florida and Illinois.