Originally intended to be served in school lunches, more than 58,000 pounds of ground beef is being recalled by Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, Calif. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the meat was recalled due to multiple customer complaints about small plastic pieces in the meat.
The recalled beef was sold in individual 40-lb. cases, each containing 10-lb chubs of “Fine Ground Beef.” Inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, they will have the establishment number “Est. 6063A” along with either “6063A3091A” or “6063A3091B” case codes.
Produced on April 1, 2013, the contaminated products were shipped to Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas distribution centers to be used in the government-subsidized “National School Lunch Program.”
Fortunately, neither the FSIS nor the Central Valley Meat Company has received reports of illnesses or injuries from consuming the recalled ground beef.
If someone believes that they have been sickened from eating the polluted beef, the FSIS urges them to contact a health care professional for treatment.
The USDA had previously stopped purchasing meat from the Central Valley Meat Company after a controversial video surfaced of their workers abusing the cattle in order to slaughter them more efficiently, according to the Fresno Bee. Yet, the USDA continued working with the company once the FSIS found no evidence that the treatment of their cattle resulted in contamination of their food supply.