This is a Class I recall due to the high health risk to the public. Kenosha Beef International recalls 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat-beefsteak. They are located in Columbus, Ohio, and the product was shipped to Illinois and North Carolina, which was then to be shipped to restaurants. This recall was issued late yesterday, February 19, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the beef recall is considered at high risk of containing Listeria monocytogenes.
This meat is a fully cooked beefsteak patty packed in 35.3 pound boxes. The date to be used by is 01-24-16. At this time, there have been no reports of illnesses contributed to this product.
Listeria can cause serious illness in older adults, pregnant women and newborns and in some cases can affect others.
Symptoms of Listeriosis: Fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and even convulsions. It can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.
It is particularly dangerous for pregnant women which could cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature delivery. This infection can cause fatalities in older people and those who already are experiencing health issues. The risk can last as long as two months and those with flu-like symptoms should seek medical attention right away.
Questions regarding this recall can be addressed by calling Dennis Vignieri, President, and CEO, at (262) 859-2272.
FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.
The USDA has issued the following information in regard to safe use of such products. These instructions are for the use of any meat product in the home or restaurant.
“Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.”
For further information, you can contact the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHOTLINE. Or you can visit them online at
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