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Ground Beef Destined for School Lunches Under Food Recall

food recall“Foreign Materials” Found in Ground Beef, Company Issues Food Recall

A Hanford, CA meat company issued a food recall on Thursday, September 19th, for over 58,000 lbs of ground beef that was destined to be part of the National School Lunch Program.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began an investigation into the Central Valley Meat Company after customers complained about “foreign objects” – small pieces of plastic – showing up in the ground beef. That was when the company decided to issue a food recall for the ground beef.

Fortunately, there have been no complaints of illness or injury related to consuming the beef.

The products were shipped to Arkansas, California, Montana, and Texas.

The products subject to recall include:

  • 40-lb. cases containing 10-lb. chubs of “Fine Ground Beef.”

The products bear the establishment number “Est. 6063A” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. They were produced on April 1, 2013, and can be further identified by case code “6063A3091A” or “6063A3091B.”

This is not the Central Valley Meat Company’s first food problem, although it is one of their larger food recalls. Last year, the USDA shut down operations at the California company, and barred them from supplying meat to the School Lunch Program after an animal rights group released a video of the mistreatment of cows sent there for slaughter. They also broke a regulation that prevents sick cows from being used as good. The company was allowed to resume processing after agreeing to make several operational changes.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Brian Coelho, general manager of Central Valley Meat Company, at (559) 583-9624. For information on how to report a problem with a meat, poultry or processed egg product to FSIS at any time, visit www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Problems_With_Food_Products. For information about the National School Lunch Program, call 703-305-2281 or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/food-safety/food-safety. 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 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Recorded food-safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Defective Products Can Lead to Health or Food Recalls

Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products, whether broken bones from a car accident, or a serious illness from a food-borne pathogen.Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety. Defective products that commonly cause injuries include medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food recalls, and other defective products such as toys, cars and automotive parts.

There are a number of reasons that defective products make it to our shelves:

  • Defective manufacturing
  • Inadequate testing
  • Food-borne pathogens
  • Design defects
  • Marketing Misrepresentation

Consumers that have been harmed by defective products such as drugs, medical devices, improperly-sealed food, or other products, may be eligible to receive legal remedies.

The Strom Law Firm Protects Citizens Harmed by Delayed Product or Food Recalls

The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm aim to protect our clients’ health and safety, and hold manufacturers to the highest possible standard of safety. Product recalls are especially important because defective drugs, medical devices, food, and toys can seriously injure or even kill consumers. If you or a loved one have experienced severe, life-limiting side effects from a defective food, product or drug, and believe that your pain stems from a product, drug, or food recall that came too late, you may be entitled to compensation. The Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800

About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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