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