Corned Beef Tainted With Drug, Recall Issued

Based on an advisory by its Brazilian corned beef supplier, Grace Foods USA has joined a voluntary Class II r<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">ecall of two batches of canned Corned Beef, which were produced for the United States market by that supplier. A Class II recall means that there exists a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the product’s use.

Gather.com, reported that this recall is similar to prior reports of the same type of contamination found in corned beef distributed under the “Libby” label. That recall was announced on May 14th. The recalled corned beef was packaged in Brazil and imported to the U.S. Since May 15th, said Gather.com, there have been a total of 12 instances of discovery.

Following are the Grace Corned Beef products affected by the recall: 12-ounce cans bearing CODES 100204 or 100205 with “Brasil Inspecionado 337 S.I. F.” stamped on the top of the can. Libby’s cans will have codes “100222 U,” “100219 U,” or “100224 U” and will be stamped “BRASIL 337 S.I.F.” either on the top or side of the can.

The supplier advised that this recall was initiated after routine testing revealed higher than USDA allowable levels of Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic treatment that is routinely used for cattle. The treatment affected two batches of the product.

Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the point of purchase where the cost of the product will be refunded. The firm can be reached by email at gracekennedy@gkco.com

Invermection (22,23-dihydroavermectin B1a+ 22,23-dihydroavermectin B1b) can cause neurotoxicity, said Gather.com, explaining that there could exist a lack of muscle movement coordination when one is affected. To date, no illness has been reported in connection to any of the recalls.

A significant issue in this case is that this problem involves meat products packaged and imported and not subject to the routine controls to which an American animal is subject throughout its life span, explained Gather.com. Not all meat products imported to the U. S. are inspected and inspections are conducted randomly with most products reaching the American marketplace without undergoing inspections, added Gather.com.

All of the contamination was found in a Brazilian plant identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) as SIF 337. All beef products originating from this plant have been barred from entry into the U.S., said Gather.com; however, it remains unclear if pork products—which have not been barred entry into the U.S. as of yet—are produced by this plant.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative, which is available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) and is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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