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Beef Jerky Recall: 90K Pounds Of Mislabeled Treat Spread Across US

Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 10:52 AM

By Michael Mullins

A beef jerky recall is underway in Utah, where Salt Lake City-based Prime Snax Inc. is recalling upwards of 90,000 pounds of beef products made before Feb. 2 and subsequently shipped across the country.

The voluntary recall is due to the product being mislabeled, with no mention of the ingredient soy lecithin, an allergen, being listed on the packaging, the Associated Press reported.

The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Tuesday, after the agency conducted a routine label review at the facility.

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The five brands which will be affected by the recall are Arizona Jacks, Desert Star, Southwest Trail, Terrell and Kettle Creek.

To date there have been no adverse reactions to the products, Prime Snax CEO Kevin Howard told the AP.

Referring to it as a technical issue, Howard added that soy lecithin is used as part of a cleaning procedure during production at the facility and that government regulators informed the company it should be listed on the label.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. 18951" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection and have an expiration date prior to August 11, 2015 on the packaging, according to the FSIS.

Earlier in the week more than 8.7 million pounds of beef was recalled by Northern California's Rancho Feeding Corporation.

Over the past 13 months, Rancho Feeding Corporation had apparently processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, according to the FSIS.

The beef products were subsequently shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

According to U.S. officials, the meat products lacked a complete inspection from the FSIS and due to the poor health of some of the animals being slaughtered at the facility were unfit for human consumption.

Among the meat products in particular that are affected by the recall are beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones, the AP noted.

Last month, Rancho Feeding Corporation issued another recall consisting of more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced on Jan. 8 that also didn't undergo a full inspection.

Thus far there have been no instances of illness as a result of the recalled meat.

Including the two recalls above, there have been 15 beef, pork or poultry recalls from California to Pennsylvania so far this year by the FSIS.

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