PFP Enterprises Beef Product Recall [US]


USDA RecallUS/Washington: PFP Enterprises recalls approximately 15,865 pounds of Beef Products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O103, E. coli O111, E. coli O121, E. coli O145, E. coli O26 and E. coli O45, a serious health hazard. USDA: http://ht.ly/thN1V

Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-010-2014-release

Additional information:
The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports the following Beef Products are subject to this recall:

  • Beef Outside Skirt Steak, sold in 10.5-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/13/13”
  • Mexican Style Beef for Fajita, sold in 12-pound boxes containing 6 by 2-pound packs with a use -by date of “1/11/14”
  • Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, sold in 20-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/9/13”
  • Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajita, sold in 15-pound boxes with a use-by date of “1/13/14”
  • Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas w/Binder, sold in 40-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/9/2013”
  • Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas, sold in 10-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/9/2013”
  • Seasoned Beef for Fajitas, sold in 12-pound boxes containing 6 by 2-pound packs with a use-by date of “1/15/14”
  • Southwest Style Beef Skirts, sold in 40-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/5/13”
  • Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, sold in 20-pound boxes with a pack date of “12/05/13”

The Beef Products subject to the recall bear the establishment number “Est. 34715” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced on December 5, 2013 and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Arizona, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

According to the USDA, its Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel became aware of the problem during a Food Safety Assessment when they discovered that Beef Trim tested presumptive positive for multiple non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) strains through the company’s testing program. The company inadvertently did not carry the test out to confirmation, and not all affected product was held.

About E. coli enteritis:
E. coli poisoning is a serious and potentially deadly illness, typically transmitted using the fecal-mouth route by eating or drinking foods or beverages contaminated with E. coli, eating unpasteurized (i.e., raw) milk and (raw) milk products and untreated water.

Common symptoms of E. coli poisoning include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, nausea and headache. People particularly at risk for serious E. coli illness and complications are the very young, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

The USDA says many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC, such as STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145, because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2 to 8 days (average of 3 to 4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

You can learn more about Escherichia coli poisoning by visiting the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/KwrDIf.

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USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-010-2014
Recalls Direct RIN: 3083-2014
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