20,000 Pounds Of Beef Being Recalled From Multiple States

(PatriotWise.com) — The California-based South American Meat, Inc. ordered a recall of more than 20,000 pounds of frozen beef products due to the lack of proper reinspection by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

In a June 4 recall announcement, the FSIS said the various products were imported from Uruguay on or around March 17 and were shipped to distributors, retailers, restaurants, and other institutions in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

During its routine surveillance of imported products, the FSIS determined that the South American Meat products were not first presented for import re-inspection by the FSIS.

While no problems with the products have been confirmed, the FSIS said anyone with “adverse reactions due to consumption” should contact a doctor. Distributors, retailers, restaurants, or other institutions that have purchased frozen beef from South American Meat, Inc. should either return it to the place of purchase or throw it away.

Labels of the beef products affected by the recall can be found on the FSIS website.

The recall comes just one month after the USDA announced a recall of ground beef sold to Walmarts nationwide.

Pennsylvania-based Cargill Meat Solutions ordered the recall of 16,000 pounds of ground beef that were delivered to Walmart stores in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

According to the FSIS, Cargill Meat said it had discovered that a previously “segregated product” was “inadvertently utilized in the production of ground beef.” While there were no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption, the FSIS said anyone who gets ill should contact a doctor.

In April, the FDA reported that E. Coli infections reported in California and Washington had been linked to bulk organic walnut halves and pieces from Gibson Farms, Inc. in California that were sold at co-op and natural food stores.

In total, health officials in California and Washington reported 12 illnesses and seven hospitalizations linked to bulk walnuts.

The recalled walnuts were sold in 19 states.

Escherichia coli (E. Coli) is a bacteria that typically lives in the intestines of humans and animals. Some strains of the bacteria can cause mild to deadly gastrointestinal illnesses when consumed, according to the CDC.

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