ETX stores listed as retailers who may have sold beef contaminated with E. coli
POSTED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 3:41pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:41am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
The USDA has updated the list of retailers, who may have sold tainted beef, to include multiple East Texas grocery stores.
PFP Enterprises, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O103, E. coli O111, E. coli O121, E. coli O145, E. coli O26 and E. coli O45, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.
Friday, the FSIS stated they had reason to believe that the following retail location(s) received the beef products that have been recalled by the Texas-based company:
Brookshire's - Statewide
Kroger - Statewide
Wal-Mart - Statewide
Super 1 Foods - 2301 West Loop 281 - Longview, Texas
Super 1 Foods - 602 Jefferson Park - Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Super 1 Foods - 2610 Richmond Road - Texarkana, Texas
Super 1 Foods - 3828 Troup Highway - Tyler, Texas
- Fresh by Brookshire's - 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway - Tyler, Texas
The following products are subject to FSIS recall:
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 Preseasoned 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 Preseasoned 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”
- 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-O157 Shiga 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.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC, such as STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145, because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.
Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in children under five-years-old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 145° F with a three-minute rest time. The only way to confirm that beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/safe-minimum-internal-temperature-chart.
Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s President, John Pieper, at (817) 546-3561.
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 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 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 from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
Brookshires has sent KETK a statement saying:
"PFP Enterprises, LLC issued a voluntary recall this week for a specific lot of “Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Beef for Fajitas” due to possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. Several Brookshire Grocery Company stores in Texas including Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and FRESH by Brookshire’s were identified as those that had received some of the product which was packed in December 2013.
All product involved in the voluntary recall has already passed the expiration date of Jan. 13, 2014, but BGC stores have been instructed to be sure there is no possibility of product still in company stores.
BGC officials encourage any customers who may still have this product with UPC number 0085411300189 and “use by” date of 1/13/2014 to return it to their local store for a full refund.
Consumer safety is of utmost importance to Brookshire Grocery Company and encourages any customer to return product to their local BGC store if it is included in this recall."