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July 20, 1999

Gorges/Quick-To-Fix to Expand Recall to include Beef and Chicken for Soups

WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Gorges/Quik-To-Fix Foods, Inc., a Harlingen, Texas, processing plant is adding additional products to the voluntarily recall of Beef Tips and Gravy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The recall now includes Quik-to-Fix brand Dark Chicken Meat for Soup and Quik-to-Fix brand Beef for Soup, both in 9-pound cases; Gorges brand Meatloaf, in 5-pound cases and Quik-to-Fix brand Sliced Meatloaf, in 13.5-pound cases.

The new products can be identified by the production dates of March 1, 1999 to July 15, 1999. The code on the user case and pouch starts with "SW" or has an 11-digit code with the middle three digits being "HRE" and the other digits being numerals.

Retail consumers nationwide and in Canada, received these products through a home delivery system firm and food service firms nationwide.

These new beef and chicken products are being recalled due to under-processing.  This problem was discovered when a retail customer reported, to a home delivery system firm, that a package of product contained raw meat.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

FSIS was notified by the company after a food service distributor received consumer notification that a package of the product contained undercooked meat. FSIS will monitor the course of the recall.

Consumers with questions about the recall may call company representative David Culwell at (888) 456-8070.

Consumers with questions about food safety may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555.


For Further Information, Contact:

  • Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
    1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
  • Media: (202) 720-3897

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