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News Release

B & R Meat Processing, Inc. Recalls Products Due to Nitrite Levels in Excess of Regulatory Limit

Class II Recall 062-2015
Health Risk: Low Apr 15, 2015

Congressional and Public Affairs 
Benjamin Bell
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – B & R Meat Processing, Inc. is recalling approximately 569 pounds of pork products due to nitrite levels in excess of regulatory limit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains levels of Nitrites that exceed regulatory levels. 

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels]

  • 1-2 lb cryovac packages of cured ham with production dates of 7/1/14 to 7/25/14
  • 1-15 lb cryovac packages of cured bacon with production dates of 7/1/14 to 10/7/14
  • 1 lb cryovac packages of cured jowls with production dates of 7/1/14 to 7/25/14

The items were produced on various dates from July 1, 2014 through October 7, 2014. The products bear the establishment number “Est.46910” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to retail outlets in the state of Arkansas.

The problem was discovered when an FSIS inspector was conducting a Food Safety Assessment and observed documented levels of nitrites in excess of regulatory limits were being used in the curing process for the identified pork products.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction 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 and media with questions about the recall can contact Scott Ridenoure at B & R Meat Processing at (479) 634-2211.

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.
Last Modified Jun 08, 2016