August 1, 2000California Firm Recalls Beef
Products For Undeclared Allergen
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Harris Ranch
Beef Co., a Selma, Calif., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 217,000 pounds of
fully cooked beef products because they contain whey, which is undeclared on the label,
the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
Whey is a known allergen. Persons who
have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy products run the risk of possible allergic
reactions if they consume this product.
The product being recalled is 1.75 pound to 2.5 pound random weight vacuum packages of
"HARRIS RANCH" brand "BEEF TRI TIP", a fully cooked beef product. The
front of each package label bears either "EST. 783" or "EST. 6218" in
the USDA seal of inspection and a "FREEZE BY" date of "09 15 00", for
Sept. 15, or earlier.
The product was distributed to retail stores and wholesalers in Washington state, Oregon,
California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, and through
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately
labeled," said Margaret OK. Glavin, associate administrator of FSIS.
"Consumers who have concerns about whey should return the products to the point of
No illnesses associated with consumption of the product have been reported to FSIS. Anyone
concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.
The problem was discovered by the company, which informed FSIS.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Brad Caudill at (800) 742-1955.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Brad Caudill or Randy Carson, at (559)
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time),
Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 1, 2000.
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