Oklahoma Firm Recalls Frozen Country Fried Steaks Nationwide Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-015-2013 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
Richard J. McIntire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2013 – AdvancePierre Foods, an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,328 pounds of frozen, fully cooked country fried steak products because they may contain foreign materials—pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to recall include: [View Labels]
22.75-oz. pouches of “Fast Classics Country Fried Steaks.”
8.5-lb. cases, each containing six pouches of “Fast Classics Country Fried Steaks.”
All products were produced on Dec. 21, 2012. The packages bear the establishment number “EST. 2260Y” in the USDA mark of inspection on the front of the package and a “BEST BY” date of March 21, 2014 stamped on a label on the back of the package along with the case code of 1523560202.
The products were distributed to one retail chain in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
The firm alerted FSIS after the company received complaints from two customers who each received an oral injury upon eating the product. The problem was a result of a piece of a plastic bin being introduced into the production process and then being broken into smaller pieces. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact AdvancePierre Consumer Affairs at (855) 328-8888. Media with questions about the recall should contact Jennifer Hutchison, the company’s accounts director, at (312) 573-5468 or (630) 258-8752.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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 are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/