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Beef products in Texas recalled due to foreign matter contamination

HEB Meat Processing, a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 75,465 pounds of various fresh beef products because they may be contaminated with foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The products subject to recall include:

  • Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB, “Seasoned Beef Skirt Steak for Fajitas” with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 220736
  • Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB, “Seasoned Beef for Carne Guisada” with sell-by date of 6/27/2014; with UPC code beginning 220595
  • Various weight vacuum sealed packages of Hill Country Fare, “Seasoned Beef for Fajitas” with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 224234 or 220344
  • Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB, “Mi Comida Seasoned Beef Skirt Steak for Fajitas” with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 222322 or 222340
  • Various weight vacuum sealed packages of HEB, “Seasoned Texas BBQ Rub Beef Skirt Steak” with sell-by dates of 7/4/2014 and 7/5/2014; with UPC code beginning 238715
  • Various weight Styrofoam tray packed, “Beef for Stew,” packed on dates of 6/9/2014 through 6/28/2014 or the sell-by date of 6/24/2014; with UPC code beginning 222835, 220595, 220621, 221776, 222832 or 222836

The products were produced June 9 and June 10, 2014, then distributed for retail sale in Texas. The packages may also bear the establishment number “EST. 7231” in the USDA mark of inspection on the package label.

The firm alerted FSIS after HEB Meat Processing employees discovered metal shavings in products (via a metal detection system) June 10. Products from the June 10 and June 11 production date were destroyed as a result. The firm’s investigation determined the source of the fragments to be from a failed bearing in auger machinery. On June 27, a customer reported finding metal in the product [produced on June 9] during an in-store sampling. 

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Source: FSIS

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