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USDA Recalls More Than 20,000 Pounds of Frozen Beef Products

More than 20,000 pounds of beef products have been recalled because the meat was improperly inspected when shipped into the United States, according to U.S. regulators.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a news release on June 4 that California-based importer, South American Meat Inc., recalled approximately 20,111 pounds of various frozen raw beef products because the items were not presented for reinspection to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) upon entry from Uruguay.

“The problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products, and FSIS determined that the products were not presented for FSIS import reinspection,” the agency stated.

According to the USDA, the beef was imported from the South American country “on or around March 17” before it was shipped to distributors, restaurants, retailers, and institutions in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

Neither the company nor the USDA has received any reports of anyone experiencing any adverse reactions from eating the products.

However, FSIS expressed concern earlier this week that some of the products may already be in the freezers of consumers, distributors, restaurants, or retailers.

“Any individual or entities who have purchased these products are urged not to consume or serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the agency said.

Furthermore, FSIS advised that consumers should contact or visit their health care providers if they are worried about any adverse reactions from the product.

The following products—all marked Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A.—are affected by the recall:

  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. AGUJA CHUCK ROLL” with case code JP0001 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. ASADO SIN HUESO SHORT RIB” with case code JP0002 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. BIFE ANCHO CUBE ROLL” with case code JP0003 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. BIFE ANGOSTO STRIPLOIN” with case code JP0004 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. BIFE GRANDE DE VACÍO FLAP MEAT” with case code JP0005 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. CARNAZA DE PALETA SHOULDER CLOD” with case code JP0006 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. LOMO TENDERLOIN” with case code JP0007 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. MARUCHA OYSTER BLADE” with case code JP0008 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”;
  • Various weight cardboard cases labeled as “Frigorífico Casa Blanca S.A. PECHO BRISKET” with case code JP0009 containing individually vacuum-sealed products displaying “FRICASA”.

In addition, the items bear the Uruguay establishment number “58” on the shipping box and on the vacuum-sealed product packaging, according to the USDA.

People with questions about the recall can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or contact South American Meat Inc. accountant and logistics director Tim Yu at 310-720-5258.

READ 7 COMMENTS
  • CJA says:

    We don’t need beef from URUGUAY

  • vickie says:

    i read the lower two comments and i agree totally…..the gov wants to make us not eat any meat..period….they arent pulling it from our mouths …no …they are doing it another way…they use scare tactics….lies lies and more lies….think abt it…they are destroying tons and tons of meat…and talking about the bird flu and i imagine they are wanting to follow the last days described in the bible ..and will agree with what the bible says …you know pestilence and sicknesses and all sorts of stuff….and they would cause it all …they dont want humans living on the earth ….we get it…we arent as stupid as they think….

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