California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Congressional and Public Affairs
Steve Van Der Werff
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 – Chaparros Mexican Foods Inc., a Vista, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 568,503 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products were formulated with hydrolyzed milk protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 100 lb. cases containing 20lb. bags, five per case, diced beef for broiling labeled “Alberto’s Meat Shop”
- 100 lb. cases containing 20lb. bags, five per case, sliced beef for broiling labeled “Alberto’s Meat Shop”
- 60 lb. cases containing beef trim labeled “Alberto’s Meat Shop”
- 100 lb. cases containing 20lb. bags, five per case, beef chorizo labeled “Alberto’s Meat Shop”
The products were produced between November 1, 2013 and May 15, 2014. The production date is stamped in black ink on the outer case label. The products were sold to restaurants in Southern California and a federally inspected processing facility.
FSIS personnel discovered the problem while checking product labels in preparation for scheduled sampling to test for pathogens. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact Julia Silva, office manager, Chaparros Mexican Foods Inc., (760) 631-6080.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
|USDA Recall Classifications|
|Class I||This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.|
|Class II||This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.|
|Class III||This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.|