Lack of Inspection at Texas Meat Packer Forces Beef Recall
A meat packer in Texas has been forced to recall more than 7,000 lb. of raw beef after it was produced and packaged without being federally inspected.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), frozen and fresh beef produced at PFP Enterprises, also known as Texas Meat Packers, in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 23-24 was not federally inspected.
The products included pre-seasoned beef for fajitas, beef skirt diced for tacos and beef flank steak for fajitas. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34715″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Items were shipped to nine states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. A total of 7,146 lb. of product is affected.
Officials from FSIS were made aware of the problem on March 30 when inspection personnel reviewed establishment records and determined Texas Meat Packers operated on March 24 without inspection.
Thus far there are no reports of food borne illnesses from the products. However, FSIS is urging consumers to return any products or throw them away to stop any possible threats of food borne illness. Consumers are being urged not to eat any of the impacted beef.