Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not Your Regular Beef Recall

I haven't posted on this particular beef recall yet, in part because it was quite bad. It seems on June 28 Swift expanded the recall from 40,000 pounds of "assorted beef primals" by another 380,000 pounds of "assorted beef primals". The thing is that this beef was processed back on April 21st and it is "primals" not your regular ground beef recall. Primals are those things you see in the market wrapped in plastic...whole beef tenderloins or ribs. These things are rarely sold to consumers intact but are cut down into steaks and roasts. A restaurant may buy a whole primal, but again, it is broken down before the consumer sees it.
The important thing here is that all of the identification information is attached to the primal and not to the individual "pieces parts" that may be created from it. Wrapped primals keep for a while in the cooler and are unwrapped and cut, sometimes a month or more after they are processed and wrapped at the abatoir. The luscious rib steak you bought today may have been processed months ago.
Ground beef is the usual cuplrit in these recalls and it is fairly easy to trace but a primal is a whole different beast(excuse). If you buy meat from a grocery or butcher you need to ask him about the source of the primal it came from. People are getting sick in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin and it is probable that it is from this lot of beef.

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