FSIS reported today that Huntington Meat Packing Inc., a Montebello, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 864,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  Although the recall is Class I–i.e. associated with a very high risk to consumer health–there are no illnesses currently known to be associated with the potentially contaminated meat.  The recalled ground beef was produced between January 5, 2010, and January 15, 2010, and was shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within the State of California.

The following products, consisting of all ground beef products produced by the plant from January 5, 2010 to January 15, 2010, are subject to recall:

40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
40 lb. boxes of “ HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label.

Interestingly, though, these are not the only products subject to the large recall.  FSIS investigation at Huntington Meat Packing, Inc., must have turned up some serious violations because the company is also recalling meat produced in 2008.  FSIS determined that the 2008 meat was adulterated because the ground beef products produced from February 19, 2008 to May 15, 2008 may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

As a result, the following products produced from February 19, 2008 to May 15, 2008, are subject to recall:

40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
40 lb. boxes of “ HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label.

  • dbjorklund

    Is anyone surprised by ecoli recalls anymore? Take a look at the “Happy Cows” standing in their own filth the next time you drive by a “farm”. The excrement of 1,000’s of cows enters the doors of the meat processing plants every day. The only answer is to stop eating cheap processed meat that is subsidized by gov’t-paid corn feeding. Corporate greed has surpassed common sense and the best interests of the people!

  • CitiZen

    How ironic that “Each box bears … the USDA mark of inspection…” What was the USDA inspector inspecting?? Should the inspection criteria be updated for these type of health hazards?? Would the cost of avoiding a recall of product be offset by the cost of installing installing better controls??
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  • Every single scrap of beef produced in the U.S. is technically supposed to be screened by an employee of the U.S.D.A., but when working in such high quantities it would be impossible to properly inspect it all. That is why we have created methods like irradiation, where the beef is exposed to radiation in order to kill any potential pathogens. Doing this supposedly makes even the dirtiest beef “safeâ€� to eat. So we find these “solutionsâ€� (radiation, recalls) and work on quick fixes rather than going back and saying, “hey, what is wrong with the system in the first place?â€� Is it out of line to step back to the beginning of the process and ask, “what is wrong with this system?”

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