Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Asian Meat Products Recalled For Possible Metal Fragments

A Bell Gardens food provider is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of meat that may contain metal scraps, it was announced Friday.
The recall covers frozen, ready-to-eat sukiyaki beef and gingered pork products fromUnibright Foods Inc., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jacob Fernandez, Unibright’s assistant receiving manager, said the recall was a “precautionary measure.”
“We are working to recall all of the products that were shipped out,” he said. “It’s still early. There have been no health issues with the products.”
The firm is recalling 2.2-pound packages of Mishima sukiyaki beef with the establishment number “EST.1163” inside the USDA mark of inspection and package ID number 15069.
Also recalled are 1.7-pound packages of Mishima gingered pork, bearing the establishment number “EST.1163” and package ID number 15059.
The recalled meat was shipped to retail outlets and institutions in California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
The beef was produced between Aug. 12 and Dec. 16; and the pork was produced between Aug. 5 and 6.
The problem was reported to Unibright after an Illinois restaurant found a stainless steel wire in the company’s sukiyaki beef, the Agriculture Department said.
Granny Smith and Gala apples are being recalled nationwide after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County Health Department.
Apples should be thrown away if they come from grower Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield or if the source cannot be determined, according to Dr. Edward L. Moreno, a public health officer with the Monterey County Health Department.
Listeriosis can be potentially fatal. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, nausea and a stiff neck.
Moreno is encouraging consumers who are may have purchased Granny Smith apples, Gala apples or caramel apples to contact their grocer and determine whether or not they were supplied by Bidart Bros.
The last time Bidart Bros. shipped Granny Smith apples to customers was Dec. 2, 2014 – but they may still be in circulation if the fruit was processed or frozen.
Moreno said that in many cases recalls are issued after enough time has passed so that many of the contaminated food items have already been consumed or thrown away, but the health department still circulates the information as processed or frozen foods tend to have a long shelf-life.
“A lot of times it’s been so long that most people don’t even have it anymore,” Moreno said. “Even if it’s been weeks, some of these processed foods can sit a while.”

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