Corned Beef Recall – Again

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Canned corn beef packaged by Grace Foods USA has been recalled for containing animal drugs used inparasite control. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has discovered. The Corned Beef to have higher than the allowable amount of Ivermectin, a drug used to control parasites in cattle.

This is similar to other reports of the same contamination in corned beef distributed under the “Libby’ label announce on May 14th. Grace’s corned beef was packaged in Brazil and imported to the U.S. Since May 15th12 instances of discovery have been reported.

Ivermectin(22,23-dihydroavermectin B1a+ 22,23-dihydroavermectin B1b) can cause neurotoxicity with symptom of a  lack of coordination of musclemovements. However, no illness has been reported in the recent rash of recalls.

All the contamination discovered, comes from a plant in Brazil only identified by FSIS as SIF 337. Beef products from this plant have now been barred from entry into the United States. It is important to note, only “beef products” have been barred. It is not clear if the plant produces pork products.

Grace’s 12 ounce corned beef cans will have codes “100204” or “100205” and be marked “Brasil Inspecionado 337 S.I. F.” Libby’s cans will have codes “100222 U,” “100219 U,” or “100224 U.” and stamped “BRASIL 337 S.I.F” either on the top or side.

From the FSIS web site:

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages areavailable 24 hours a day.

One of the real problems here is meat products being packaged and imported and not being subject to all the normal controls an American animal is subject to throughout it’s life span. Not all meat products coming into the U. S. are inspected. Inspections are done at random and most products get on American Super Market shelves without being inspected.

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