WASHINGTON – Beef Packers Inc. of Fresno, Calif. has recalled about 1,560 pounds of beef cheek products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Wednesday.

The FSIS said that the products being recalled are 30-pound boxes of “CARGILL MEAT SOLUTIONS CORPORATION, BEEF CHEEK MEAT – SM BX.”

These boxes of beef cheek meat products bear the establishment number “EST. 354” and a “PACKED ON” date of “07/02/08,” ink-jet printed on the label. However, the product was intended for further processing or for packaging as raw beef cheek meat and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 354” on products available for direct consumer purchase, the agency said.

The company found the problem during microbiological testing. The FSIS said there have been no reports of illness because of the products.

The beef cheek products were shipped to distributors in Fresno, Modesto, Santa Rosa and Vernon, Calif.


Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service