The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a recall of approximately 16,000 pounds of beef after an audit by the USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service detected signs of the e.Coli virus in their audit sample. The meat is from PFP Enterprises in Fort Worth, Texas.
The following products are being recalled according to the USDA press release. Those products are 10.5-lb. boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak, with a pack date of “12/13/13”; 20-lb. boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, with a pack date of “12/05/13”; 15-lb. boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajita, with a use by date of “1/13/14”; 40-lb. boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts, with a pack date of “12/5/13”; 20-lb. boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, with a pack date of “12/9/13”; 10-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajitas, with a pack date of “12/9/2013”; 40-lb. boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas w/Binder, with a pack date of “12/9/2013”; 12-lb. boxes of Seasoned Beef for Fajitas, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of “1/15/14” and 12-lb. boxes of Mexican Style Beef for Fajita, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of “1/11/14”.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “Est. 34715” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.
The products were produced on Dec. 5, 2013, and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Arizona, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.
FSIS personnel became aware of the problem during a Food Safety Assessment when they discovered that beef trim tested presumptive positive for multiple non-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.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. E. coli is a bacterium with strains that can cause severe food poisoning.