40 tons of smuggled beef sent directly to stores without inspection |
12 different cuts of beef subject to recall due to “re-inspection problem,” according to Food Safety News
June 17, 2020
Food Safety News – More than 83,000 pounds of raw beef products from a Nicaraguan company are under recall by a Texas company because they were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.
La Bodega Meat LLC, a Farmers Branch, based in Texas listed a dozen cuts of beef that are implicated in the recall, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The company says the items were shipped to distributor locations in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas for food service and retail sales.
According to the recall notice:
“Product at the retail level will not have any unique identifying labels.
“The problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”
Officials included one photo of a cardboard wholesale container with the recall notice.
Various 51.90-pound boxes containing various cuts of beef that were imported on June 2 and 3, and have the following label information are subject to the recall:
- “BONELESS RIBEYE ROLL”
- “FLANK STEAK”
- “FRESH BONELESS BRISKET”
- “FRESH EYE OF ROUND”
- “FRESH FLAP MEAT”
- “FRESH INSIDE SKIRT”
- “FRESH OUTSIDE ROUND”
- “FRESH TOP SIRLOIN”
- “INSIDE ROUND”
- “OUTSIDE SKIRT”
- “PEELED KNUCKLE”
- “SHOULDER CLOD”
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “ESTABLISHMENT 5” inside the foreign mark of inspection. The boxes also contain shipping marks 0671-20 or 0627-20.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in distributors’ retailers’ and consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Distributors in possession of these products are urged not to further distribute them. Retailers who have obtained these products are urged not to sell them,” according to the recall notice.
“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jose Torres, director at La Bodega Meat LLC, at 214-402-4966.