BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: A press release from the USDA listed two Don's Meats locations, one in Sunset at 2001 N. Main St. and one in Syracuse at 1947 W. 1700 South, as having received meat from a Draper packing firm that recently failed inspection for E. coli contamination. The shopkeepers say they sometimes get meat from Smith and Sons, but got nothing from the recall in question.
Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing in Draper recalled about 38,000 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
Recalled product include:
• Various weight combo bins of Boneless Beef "50/50,” “85/15,” “90/10,” “93/07” or “95/05” produced on Aug. 7, 2012.
• Various weight boxes of primal cuts, sub-primal cuts and boxed beef produced on Aug. 7, 2012.
Each box bears a label with the identifying package date of “08/07/2012” as well as the establishment number “EST. 4975” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The meat was sold in wholesale and retail establishments in California and Salt Lake City. Some products for direct consumer purchase may have been further processed, so may not sho "EST. 4975.” A retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS' website at fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.
The problem was discovered through lab testing conducted by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which confirmed positive results for E.coli O157:H7, and may have occurred as a result of a refrigeration malfunction, according to food safety officials. The company is recalling all beef products produced on Aug. 7, 2012, because of a strong potential for cross-contamination during production. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers, it said in a press release.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.