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Vienna Beef Recalls Products Due to Possible Metal Contamination

By Paula Liu

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a recall for Vienna Beef Ltd.’s beef products due to possible contamination of metal material on May 18.

According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the company from Chicago recalled around 2,030 pounds of beef frank links. The food items were produced on May 2 and transported to different locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

The products that were ordered for recall were: “10-lb. cases containing ‘SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 6” 8’s 10#’ with case code 013180 and package code 9122 represented on the label”; “10-lb. cases containing ‘SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 6” 11’s 10#’ with case code 013312 and package code 9122 or 9123 represented on the label”; and “10-lb. cases containing ‘SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 7” 9’s 10#’ with case code 013490 and package code 9122 or 9123 represented on the label.”

In addition, the products bear the number “EST. 1” that’s printed inside the USDA inspection mark.

According to the USDA, the possible contamination was found and reported by Vienna Beef, and a recall notice was subsequently sent out.

Fortunately, no one who bought the items was injured due to the possible contamination, and the USDA said that anyone experiencing any symptoms or reactions should contact a medical professional.

The USDA also stated that food service institutions in possession of the product should have it thrown out or returned to its original point of purchase, and it should not be consumed or served.

Other Food Recalls

On May 4, Tyson Foods Inc. recalled 11,829,517 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat poultry products that could also be contaminated by foreign objects, pieces of metal specifically. Two consumers complained about finding strange material in the products. By the time the USDA was made aware, six consumers had complained of a similar case.

On the same day, USDA issued a recall for 2,094,186 pounds of frozen entrees from the Conagra Brand Inc. According to the USDA, the product contained milk, which was not warned or declared on the product packaging as an allergen.

On May 7,  the USDA issued a recall for Santa Fe Importers’ Ready-to-Eat poultry products due to wrongly labeling an undeclared allergen. The USDA was notified by the company after they realized that the bread crumbs used to make the meatballs contained soy products, which was not made aware on the packaging.

A California-based firm said it’s recalling California-grown avocados over possible listeria contamination.

In a news release on March 24 on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website, the Henry Avocado Corporation said it is recalling the product as a precaution after tests for Listeria monocytogenes came back positive.

The tests were done as part of a routine government inspection at its packing facility in California, the company said.

“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” said Phil Henry, the president of Henry Avocado.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the recall.

The recalled products were packed in California and were distributed to Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, according to the company’s notice.

Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.