Glove Parts and E. coli Spark Massive Recalls
This week sees two massive meat recalls that span states across the country.
A Utah-based meat packing company recalls 38,200 pounds of beef due to an E. coli scare and a Wisconsin firm recalls over 48,000 pounds of turkey sausage in response to customers complaining about finding glove parts in their products.
Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing based in Draper, Utah is recalling 38,200 pounds of beef products that could potentially be contaminated with E. coli, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service.
A test performed on the beef by the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service found trace amounts of E. coli in the sample, leading the USDA to issue the recall. No illnesses have been reported yet.
The recall includes a range of beef products from boneless beef including “50/50,” “85/15,” “90/10,” “93/07,” and “95/05” referring to the beef to fat content ratio. Also included in the recall are primal cuts, subprimal cuts, and boxed beef produced on Aug. 7 of this year.
The recalled products were distributed in California and Salt Lake City, Utah to both wholesale and retail establishments.
Johnsonville Sausage, LLC of Sheboygan, Wisc. issued a recall of their 13.5-ounce packages of turkey sausage with Cheddar cheese after two customers found pieces of gloves in their products, according to the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service.
The sausages were delivered to stores in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin according to the Huffington Post, and no illnesses have yet been reported.
Customers who have purchased the potentially contaminated beef or sausages and are concerned about injury or illness should contact their health care provider. E. coli symptoms include bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases kidney failure.
Sean Flynn is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @BuffaloFlynn.