Recall alert: Ground beef imported from Canada classified as ‘high’ health risk

WASHINGTON — More than 38,000 pounds of ground beef that originated from meat products imported from Canada has been given the USDA’s highest recall classification.

The USDA issued a Class I Recall when it determined that meat used in ground beef had bypassed re-inspection before it was imported into the United States from Canada. The ground beef created from the product later shipped to distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and then to retail locations.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that raw, frozen, boneless beef head meat from JBS Food Canada ULC, in Brooks, Alberta, Canada had not been reinspected before it was imported on July 13, 2020.

“The problem was discovered when FSIS determined through routine surveillance that the product had bypassed FSIS import reinspection,” according to a news release.

The following products from Balter Meat Company are subject to this recall:

80-lb. boxes containing eight, 10-lb. chubs of “BALTER MEAT COMPANY 73/27 GROUND BEEF,” with “USE BY/FREEZE BY” dates of 08/09/2020 or 08/10/2020, pack dates of 072020, 072120, or 072220, and lot codes of 2020A or 2030A represented on the label.

—  News release provided by the USDA

The products recalled have “EST. 11126” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, the USDA said.

A “Class I Recall” is the USDA’s highest recall classification where “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

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