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If you purchased beef on or after March 23 in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas or Wisconsin, it could be subject to a beef recall. The reason, according to the USDA: failure to inspect prior to sale in accordance with federal law. So before you start cooking up tonight’s dinner, be sure to check your fridge and freezer to make sure your beef is OK to eat.
Upon becoming aware of the inspection failure, Texas Meat Packers (also known as PFP Enterprises, LLC) recalled 7,146 pounds of beef products. The specific products are below, though you can do a quick check by comparing your stock to these labels. All recalled products bear the number 34715 inside the circular USDA inspection mark.
- Beef skirt diced for tacos: Five-pound vacuum-packed frozen packages with the number 1470 in the upper left-hand corner of the label. Packaging date is 03/24/18.
- Preseasoned beef for fajitas: Five-pound vacuum-packed frozen packages with the number 36989 in the upper left-hand corner of the label. Packaging date is 03/24/18. Use-by date is 03/23/19.
- USDA choice angus beef, fajita seasoned steak, beef flank steak for fajitas: Various weights of fresh vacuum-sealed packages with the number 567248261 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label. Packaging dates of 03/23/18 and 03/24/18. Use-by/freeze-by date of 04/18/18.
- USDA choice angus, fajita seasoned strips, beef flank strips for fajitas: Various weights of fresh vacuum-sealed packages with the number 567248253 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label. Packaging date 03/24/18. Use-by/freeze-by date of 04/18/18
So far no one has become sick from any of these products, but consumers are still urged not to use them. If you have any of these cuts in your possession, throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. Questions about the recall can be directed to Shane Fresh, Vice President of Quality Assurance for Patterson Foods at (817) 546-3561. If you have any health concerns, contact your healthcare provider.
In the case of food safety, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. You can stay safe by checking out our guide to safe cooking temperatures.