FSIS Reports Rib Eye Recall

The average shoppers goes about their weekly food shopping giving little thought to the important details that the USDA puts into effect, especially with foods like meat products that Americans eat every day. Because of their diligence, 15,270 pounds of rib eye steaks were recalled on Monday, March 25. The recalled beef came from the Triple J. Family Farms, based in Buffalo Lake, MN.

Triple J. Family Farms is a major producer of beef in America. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that the recall was ordered due to the vertebral column not being removed before shipping. The vertebral column is required to be removed in bovines that are 30 months or older. It is considered specified risk material (SRM) tissues that may contain the infective agent, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as Mad Cow’s Disease. This problem was discovered while the FSIS did their routine specified risk material (SRM) verification.

Triple Farms has never had a violation before, and the manager of the plant states that the mistake could have occurred because the company recently changed the carcass separation process.

USDA Food Safety was first established in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln began the Department of Agriculture. The federal government enforces policies on all areas of agriculture, including farming, forestry and food, and they promote food safety and natural resources, while attempting to stop child hunger. Meeting the needs of ranchers and farmers ensures that the department stays close to the food production in America and that the American public can eat without fear of diseases.

The questionable rib eyes were packaged from February 8, 2013 to March 21, 2013, and then shipped to a processing and distribution location in New York. “The recall is for approximately 40-lb boxes of “BEEF B/I RIB,” bearing any of the following case codes: “91-R109H-C,” “91-R109H-S,” “91-R109H-C-SB,” or “91-R109H-S-SB.” Inside the USDA mark of inspection, the establishment number is “EST. 17466.”

FSIS regularly follows up on a recall that was announced by verifying that the recalled product is no longer accessible to the public. In a significant recall such as this one, distribution and processing was immediately halted, and any rib eyes in the stores were removed from the shelves.