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February 5,  2002

New York Firm Recalls Corned Beef Briskets Distributed to Restaurants

(SafetyAlerts) - Southtowns/Isenberg, a division of U.S. Foodservice, a Blasdell, N.Y., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of fresh corned beef brisket that may contain excessive amounts of potassium nitrites, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The products being recalled are 27-32 lb. cases of "PAPA IRVINGS CORN BEEF BRISKET." Each case bears "EST. 7817" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each case contains three vacuum bags weighing approximately nine pounds each, labeled "PAPA IRVINGS OLD FASHIONED BRAND CORNED BEEF BRISKET."

The products were produced on Oct. 30 and Dec. 24, 2002, and were distributed to restaurants in New York.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS validation activities.

Media or consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mark Kaiser, chief marketing officer, at 716-824-4900, x227.

Source: USDA

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