(RxWiki News) It's nuts! Hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat have been recalled in Texas due to undeclared peanuts. Where is the label?
The meats — pork and chicken products — were taken out of retail stores throughout Texas and one school district.
The three distributors who have had to recall products are H-E-B Meat Center and Garcia Foods, both of which are based in San Antonio, and J&B Sausage Co., a company based in Dallas.
The threat of allergic reactions from peanuts, which can sometimes be deadly, has led to the massive recall.
The products were not only shipped to retail stores, but also the Garland Independent School District in Garland, TX. All J&B Sausage Co. products have been removed from the Garland Independent School District. H-E-B and Garcia Foods have offered refunds to customers for the products.
"H-E-B is committed to the highest standards of food safety for our customers," said Winell Herron, vice president of public affairs and diversity, in an interview with KENS-TV News in San Antonio. "We take every precaution necessary to ensure the integrity and quality of the products sold in our stores."
According to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), there have been no reports of any adverse reactions, and “anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”
The 83,660 pounds of pork products from H-E-B Meat Center that are being recalled are the following, according to the FSIS:
- Random-weight, vacuum-packed, clear packages containing “Pork Chorizo.”
- Random-weight, clear, covered trays containing “H-E-B Mi Comida Chorizo Pork Chorizo.”
- Random-weight, vacuum-packed, clear packages containing “Seasoned Mexican Style Pork for Carne el Pastor.”
The 190,450 pounds of products from Garcia Foods are the following:
- 12-ounce, vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage link pieces of “Hill Country Fare Chorizo.”
- 8-ounce, vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage chubs of “Hill Country Fare Chorizo.”
The 49,504 pounds of products from J&B Sausage Co. are the following:
- 5-pound packages of fully cooked “Chefs-In-A-Bag Chicken Taco Filling.”
- 1-pound packages of H-E-B “Fully Cooked Texas Style Beef Chili No Beans.”
- 1-pound packages of H-E-B “Fully Cooked Taqueria Style Picadillo Seasoned Ground Beef with Potatoes, Onion, Tomatoes and Peppers.”
- 1-pound packages of H-E-B “Fully Cooked Carne Guisada Seasoned Beef in Gravy.”
The FSIS has also advised any customers with food safety concerns to call its toll-free hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.