Check your pantry: There's a massive recall of heat-treated, shelf-stable beef products happening right now, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The government agency considers it a high health risk because the items in question may be contaminated with two types of harmful bacteria.
Iowa-based Pinnacle Foods Inc. has recalled 32,479 pounds of Armour Ground & Formed Sliced Dried Beef due to a processing issue that may have led to a contamination of staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin. Both of these bacteria can lead to some serious illnesses, with staphylococcal enterotoxins causing food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome and clostridial toxins responsible for gangrenes and severe gastrointestinal diseases.
But before you panic and start chucking all your beef products in the trash, it's worth first taking a close look at the labels to be sure they're actually included in the recall. After all, you don't want to throw away good food for nothing!
Dried Beef Affected by Recall
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- 2.25 oz. glass jars containing Armour Ground & Formed Sliced Dried Beef with best-by dates of JAN-07-21, JAN-08-21, JAN-09-21, JAN-10-21, JAN-11-21, APR-15-21, APR-16-21, APR-17-21, APR-18-21, and APR-19-21 and lot codes 0707011Y11, 0708011Y11, 0709011Y11, 0710011Y11, 0711011Y11, 0715041Y11, 0716041Y11, 0717041Y11, 0718041Y11, and 0719041Y11.
- 4.5 oz. glass jars containing Armour Ground & Formed Sliced Dried Beef with best-by dates of JAN-23-21, JAN-24-21, JAN-25-21, and APR-22-21 and lot codes 0723011Y11, 0724011Y11, 0725011Y11, and 0722041YW1.
- The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. 2AD" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The USDA is urging customers who purchased the above products not to consume them and to instead throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. But even if you didn't purchase one of them, it's worth spreading the word about this recall to loved ones. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of illness or reactions connected to these products, and we want to be sure it stays that way.
Next, find out which foods are safe to eat past the best-by date in the video below: