Chicago-based Vienna beef has issued a recall of about 2,030 pounds of skinless beef frankfurter due to suspected metal contamination last Saturday.
According to a USDA product recall notice, the suspected contaminated products bore particular packaging codes and were shipped to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. The 203 10lb packages were not publicly sold in supermarkets and groceries.
Recall over possible contaminants
The possible contaminants described as “extraneous materials, specifically metal” were discovered at one of the facilities of Vienna Beef, which the notice did not particularly specify.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) advised the public and relevant food service institutions to be wary of any skinless beef frankfurters containing the establishment code “ENT 1” and satisfy the following descriptions:
- 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.
- 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.
The FSIS said that these products should be discarded or returned.
No one is reported injured by the suspected contaminants so far. But FSIS is encouraging individuals who feel they may have become ill or injured due to possible contamination to see their doctors immediately.
Vienna Beef prompt response
Vienna Beef has been in the industry for over 126 years and this is the first time it recalled products.
According to the hotdog manufacturer’s vice president of marketing Tom McGlade, they immediately reported the incident as soon as they realize the problem. The statement was supported by the FSIS.
McGlade said that they were able to recall all of the possibly contaminated products. The notice released by the USDA, however, noted that the health agency is concerned. Also, there may be products stored in freezers or food service refrigerators.
Sources: Medical Daily, Fox News