Beef Patties Recalled From Schools Due to Possible Contamination

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
April 3, 2019USshare
Beef Patties Recalled From Schools Due to Possible Contamination

Beef patties were recalled from schools nationwide due to possible contamination by purple plastic, according to federal authorities.

Approximately 20,373 pounds of ready-to-eat patties that were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, were recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a press release.

Produced by AdvancePierre Foods, based in Enid, Oklahoma, the patties were shipped nationwide and distributed to schools.

The patties were not part of the food provided to schools for the National School Lunch Program.

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A label from a box of ready-to-eat beef patties produced by AdvancePierre Foods. (Food Safety and Inspection Service)

The possible plastic contamination was discovered after two consumers alerted the company on April 1, saying they’d found soft purple plastic in the patties.

Anyone or any institution with the patties was urged to throw them away or return them.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact AdvancePierre’s Consumer Affairs Hotline at (855) 382-3101.

The recall affected the following:

14.06-pound cases containing three bags with 30 pieces for a total of 90 portions of “CN Fully Cooked Flamebroiled Beef Patties Caramel Color Aadded” with case code 155-525-0 and package code 8334.

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Beef patties being cooked in a file photo. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

Recalls in the United States

According to a report (pdf) published by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service published in 2018, there were an average of 304 recalls between 2004 and 2008 and an average of 676 recalls between 2009 and 2013.

The following six food categories accounted for most of the recalls across those years: prepared foods and meals, 11.9 percent; nuts, seeds, and nut products, 10.9 percent; baked goods, 9 percent; grains and grain products, 8.4 percent; candy products, 7.9 percent, and sauces, condiments, and dressings, 5 percent.

The most common reason for each category except for nuts was a failure to declare major allergens. The most common reason for nut recalls was possible salmonella contamination.

Overall, 41 percent of the recalls were the result of pathogen contamination, such as salmonella or E. coli, while 27.4 percent were the result of undeclared allergens.

The most significant recall event between 2004 and 2013 took place in January 2009. Peanut butter linked to a salmonella outbreak was recalled.

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(USDA Economic Research Service)
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The outbreak was ultimately responsible for at least 714 illnesses and nine deaths, and led to the recall of a number of products containing peanut butter or peanut paste, including cookies, crackers, and cereal; overall, over 400 separate recalls occurred.

Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodborne illness which causes an estimated 1.2 illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States every year, noted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated product. Most people recover without treatment; most of those hospitalized suffer from severe diarrhea. The illness typically lasts four to seven days.

According to the CDC, roughly 1 in 6 Americans, or 48 million people, gets sick every year from foodborne diseases such as salmonella.

Of those, approximately 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

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