Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A LITTLE SLIP-UP LEADS TO A RECALL
Now beef is trying to make up for lost time last year. We are getting one beef recall after another. The latest - "FULLY COOKED BLACK ANGUS GROUND BEEF STEAK PATTIES,” (whatever that means). They were apparently contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria which is so deadly to people with compromised immune systems (see previous blog about Steve Jobs) - and, to pregnant women.
But try recalling beef patties, when that product "has been used and is no longer available in commerce." (I am quoting the company's recall notice). The Angus beef patties in question were produced by United Food Group, of California, on October 11 last year.
Why is this recall so late? It seems when the company was conducting its end-of-year inventory, it discovered that this large package of contaminated burgers, that had been placed on hold, had been accidentally shipped out after all. Oooops. A little slip-up. It went to a single distributor in California who apparently shipped the patties off to "institutional users." Hospitals? Schools? Nursing homes? NOT a good idea....