Nothing makes me contemplate vegetarianism quite like a meat recall. On Sunday, the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a statement announcing US Foods would pull over 700 pounds of raw beef and pork due to, wait for it, blood contamination.
The products in question, which were packaged July 18, 2019, were shipped out to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. They all include "EST. 21103" on the label. Stock Yard Angus, Cattleman's Selection, Patuxent Farms, and SRA brands were all involved in the recall.
According to the FSIS, the issue was discovered after an employee told supervisors he may have cut himself during the meat production. However, there have been no related illnesses reported as of yet.
The recall is currently listed as Class 1, which means "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences, or death."
"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in restaurant refrigerators or freezers," the statement continued. "Restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."
Though the brand has yet to publicly comment on the recall, they do have a notice board for similar issues on their website. "US Foods contributes to the implementation of internationally recognized food safety standards, including a best-in-class recall and recovery program that quickly contacts customers with accurate information about a recall and initiates product recovery," it says. "Affected customers are contacted within 24-hours upon notification form suppliers."
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