A criminal investigation of California-based Huntington Meat Packing has resulted in the recall of 4.9 million lbs of beef and veal products. Huntington Meat Packing recalled more than 800,000 of beef last month because of concerns the products might be tainted with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recall was expanded based on evidence collected in an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from FSIS. According to FSIS, the evidence shows that the products were produced in a manner that did not follow Huntington Meat Packing’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. Therefore, FSIS must consider the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce.
The following beef and veal products, produced by the plant from January 22, 2009, to January 4, 2010, are subject to recall:
â€¢ 10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
â€¢ 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”
â€¢ 20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
â€¢ 50 lb. boxes of “HUNTINGTON MEATS GROUND BEEF”
â€¢ 50 lb. boxes of ” HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
â€¢ 50 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
â€¢ 50 lb. boxes of “HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. DICED BEEF”
â€¢ 50 lb. boxes of “HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. SLICED BEEF”
â€¢ 10 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meat VEAL PATTY”
â€¢ 10 lb. boxes of “Imperial Meat VEAL PATTY”
â€¢ 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho VEAL PATTY”
â€¢ 20 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meat VEAL PATTY”
â€¢ 20 lb. boxes of “Imperial Meat VEAL PATTY”
â€¢ 20 lb. boxes of “El Rancho VEAL PATTY”
Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 17967″ inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California.
According to FSIS, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled beef and veal products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician, the agency said.