Nationwide Recall for 18 Tons of Potentially Contaminated Beef Products

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Published Sunday, April 29, 2018
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by Chris Sorensen

Over 18 tons of beef products have been recalled due to possible contamination with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Pinnacle Foods, Inc, of Fort Madison, Iowa, is making the recall of the heat-treated, shelf stable products due to a potential "processing deviation" that may have led to contamination. There are no confirmed reports of illness.

The issue was discovered Friday by an Enforcement Investigator and Analysis Officer who was making a food safety assessment at the facility. The beef products, sold under the Armour brand, were manufactured between January 2 and April 9 this year, and have a three-year shelf life.

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Label for Armour Ground and Formed Sliced Dried Beef - Courtesy USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Two sizes of product packages are subject to the recall.

  • 2.25 oz. glass jars containing "ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef" with best by dates of JAN-07-21, JAN-08-21, JAN-09-21, JAN-10-21, JAN-11-21, APR-15-21, APR-16-21, APR-17-21, APR-18-21 and APR-19-21 and lot codes 0707011Y11, 0708011Y11, 0709011Y11, 0710011Y11, 0711011Y11, 0715041Y11, 0716041Y11, 0717041Y11, 0718041Y11 and 0719041Y11.
  • 4.5 oz. glass jars containing "ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef" with best by dates of JAN-23-21, JAN-24-21, JAN-25-21 and APR-22-21 and lot codes 0723011Y11, 0724011Y11, 0725011Y11 and 0722041YW1.

Establishment number "EST. 2AD" appears inside the USDA mark of inspection on the affected products.

Staphylococcal enterotoxin can cause diarrhea, nausea and intestinal cramps associated with food poisoning.

People who have purchased the affected beef produces should throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased. Questions about the recall can be directed to Pinnacle Food Consumer Care, 888-299-7646.