August 21, 2003
Michigan Firm Recalls Beef Products
For Possible Contamination
Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., a Detroit, Mich., establishment, is voluntarily
recalling approximately 3,600 pounds of fresh beef products that were
produced under unsanitary conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The products were produced on Aug. 15 and 16 and distributed to restaurants
in the Detroit metropolitan area.
The products subject to recall are various sized boxes of "BEEF, FOR
INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, KEEP REFRIGERATED MARK’S QUALITY MEATS, DETROIT, MI
48209." Each box bears the production date "81503" or "81603" as well as the
establishment code "EST. 8951" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The company used a multi-purpose label that indicates whether the boxes
contain ground beef or various intact cuts of beef. All beef products
produced on Aug. 15 and 16 are subject to the recall.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Mark Osten,
company president, at (313) 554-2500.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. The hotline is available in English
and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday
through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.