Recall Notification Report

Recall Notification Report 115-2015 (Boneless Beef Tender Tips)

Class III Recall 115-2015
Aug 27, 2015
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Congressional and Public Affairs
Felicia Thompson 
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 – Swanson Meats, a Minneapolis, Minn., establishment, is recalling approximately 20,063 pounds of beef products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products were formulated with soybean oil, MSG, and papain (a meat tenderizer), which were not declared on the product labels. Soy is a known allergen. MSG may cause allergy-type reactions to those who may have sensitivity to it.

The boneless beef tender tips were produced on various dates from Feb. 26, 2015 through Aug. 26, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:       

  • 20-lb cases of “Marinated Boneless Beef Tender Tip” bearing case code “SM04291” and establishment number “Est. 5697” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The problem was discovered by FSIS in-plant personnel during routine inspection activities.

FSIS and the company have received no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers or media with questions about the recall can contact Robert Schuneman, Swanson Meats chief operating officer, at (612) 465-0379 or at

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at 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:

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.
Last Modified Jun 08, 2016