TODAY, Central Valley Meat Company, a Hanford,
Calif., establishment, is recalling 58,240 pounds of ground beef that may
contain small pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. USDA has coded this as a Class
I Recall, defined as a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable
probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health
consequences or death.
The recall product is
40-lb. cases containing 10-lb. chubs of “Fine Ground Beef.”
The products bear the
establishment number “Est. 6063A” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The
products were produced on April 1, 2013, and can be further identified by case
code “6063A3091A” or “6063A3091B.” The products were shipped to
distribution centers in Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas
and were intended for use by the National School Lunch Program.
FSIS discovered the problem
during an investigation due to customer complaints. FSIS and the company have
received no reports of illness or injury due to consumption of these products.
Anyone concerned about an illness or injury should contact a health care
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.
Central Valley Meat
Co., was closed down briefly in the summer of 2012 after animal rights
activists trespassed and shot video of sick cows being mistreated. It was later
Consumers with food safety
questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a
day at AskKaren.gov
or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.
“Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. ET.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline,
1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), is available in English and Spanish and can
be reached weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Recorded food safety messages
are available 24 hours a day.
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