WASHINGTON – Two Florida companies are recalling imported frozen beef trim on concerns that the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

A.C.S. Meyners Ltda. of Ponte Verde, Fla. is recalling about 20,460 pounds of beef trim and Astro Meats & Seafood Inc. of Miami is recalling 4,200 pounds of trim, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Wednesday.

The FSIS said that both companies are recalling 60-pound bulk boxes of “BM-95 BONELESS BEEF.” Each shipping container bears the establishment number “Nicaragua 4” inside the Nicaraguan mark of inspection. The shipping label bears the item number “00003,” and pack date of “8-19-08.” The beef was produced on Aug. 19.

Trim from A.C.S. was sent to distributors and establishments in New York and Pennsylvania while Astro Meats sent the products on to companies in Wisconsin and Indiana.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling of imported product from a foreign establishment that was then sent to multiple importers of record in the United States. The agency said it has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.


Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service