Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing, a Draper, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 38,200 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.
The products subject to recall include various weight combo bins of Boneless Beef "50/50," "85/15," "90/10," "93/07" or "95/05" and various weight boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef, all 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 products subject to recall were distributed to wholesale and retail establishments in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. It is important to note that the products were destined for further processing and may not bear "EST. 4975" on the products available for direct consumer purchase.
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. 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.