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Another Holiday – Another FSIS E. coli O157:H7 Meat Recall – 432 Tons Today

I need to hand it to the FSIS, I am beginning to loose track how often its recall notices go out on either a Friday night or on a holiday.  They sure have learned to get bad news out when no one is watching.  Kudos to press manipulation 101.  I used to know the FSIS press officer, my guess is that she does not work at FSIS anymore.  So, here is the latest:

According to an FSIS/Company Press Release that is still not yet posted on the FSIS website (got it from a secret source), Huntington Meat Packing Inc., a Montebello, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 864,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment (FSA) by FSIS personnel. The FSA led to the determination that a further investigation of establishment records was warranted. The investigation is ongoing and the following products are subject to recall.

The following products, consisting of all ground beef products produced by the plant from January 5, 2010 to January 15, 2010, are subject to recall:

40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
40 lb. boxes of “ HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were produced between January 5, 2010, and January 15, 2010, and were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

During a subsequent review of the establishment’s records, FSIS also determined additional products produced and shipped in 2008 to be adulterated because they may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

As a result, the following products produced from February 19, 2008 to May 15, 2008, are subject to recall:

40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
40 lb. boxes of “ HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were produced between February 19, 2008, and May 15, 2008, and were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California.