The Latest Meat Recall Might Be Tainted With Human Blood

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  • 700 pounds of beef and pork manufactured by U.S. Foods has been recalled due to the possibility that the meat has been tainted by human blood.
  • Restaurants with the “EST 21103” establishment number in the following states were affected: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
  • The brands involved in the recalled product are Stock Yard Angus, Cattleman’s Selection, Patuxent Farms, and SRA.
  • The USDA has classified the recall as a Class I which states that there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious… consequences or death.”

U.S. Foods voluntarily recalled 700 pounds of beef and pork produced on July 18. The company found that the meat might have been tainted by human blood after an employee cut himself on the factory floor.

So far, no illnesses have been reported. Unfortunately, the fresh and frozen meat has already been shipped out to restaurants across the South.

Which Restaurants Are Affected?

Restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee that received shipments with the “EST. 21103” establishment number in the USDA inspection mark should immediately stop serving the meat. Since the products in question were shipped both raw and frozen, it’s possible that the potentially tainted meat might still be in restaurant freezers.

The brands involved are Stock Yard Angus, Cattleman’s Selection, Patuxent Farms, and SRA—all of which are processed at U.S. Foods’ Birmingham, Alabama facility. As a consumer, it would be very difficult for you to find out if a restaurant purchased meat from these suppliers. U.S. Foods supplies around 250,000 restaurants across the country.

According to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection bureau, “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in restaurant refrigerators or freezers. Restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Class I Recalls

The USDA considers the health risk of this possible contamination to be high. A Class I recall is defined as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

If you’re concerned about any health problems related to a restaurant meal eaten in one of these 4 states, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

700 pounds is a relatively small batch compared to other recent meat recalls. On July 13, Ada Valley Gourmet Foods recalled nearly 3,500 pounds of ground beef meatloaf suspected of containing small pieces of broken metal.

13,000 pounds of marinated beef and chicken products were recalled on July 15 by Fieldsource Food Systems because it failed to indicate the recipe contains wheat—a known allergen.