TAFC Clipboard: Recalling products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens happens too frequently.
I wonder what percentage of products get tested by the FSIS, or whatever department is responsible for the testing? It seems as though food companies are using the government as they’re double-check agency, rather than do it themselves.
If it’s a small percentage of product that actually gets tested or looked at by authorities, then the food companies benefit. It looks as though they purposely misbrand and fail to list allergens.
What are the odds that one’s products will get checked? Odds are they won’t. So the odds are in favor of the companies who misbrand or omit allergens on their labels.
How many harmful products slip by going undetected unless somebody complains? Way, way too many to give the consumers confidence in what they consume and the peace of mind they should expect and deserve. How many people get sick or die, with nobody knowing what caused it? Way, way too many.
- They’re attitude? If the USDA wants us to do that, then let them check and we’ll absorb the recall costs, rather than spend money on doing it ourselves.
That attitude, proven by their noncompliance, makes it look like they’re not concerned about the consumer’s health. How could those in charge of knowing, not know what’s in the products they sell or if it matches what’s on the label?
Something needs to be done about this. Start fining them? Who gets the money? It should go directly to the consumers, but although it will be marked for the Department Of Agriculture, you can be sure it won’t end up there.
Aside: Just like Social Security with all those outstanding IOUs. Congress uses Social Security funds as their bottomless ATM. Hey, I’ve got an idea. Call in those IOUs then Social Security benefits won’t have to be cut.
Put it on congress. They agreed to the IOUs. Did they even vote on it? And why didn’t they tell the public, so they could respond? You know, so the public could debate it.
Now if the government doesn’t have the money to repay those IOUs, because it’s so massive, then take it out of the pockets of those who voted for it.
Congress steals from the most needy and vulnerable. That money they stole without asking or telling, until it was too late and too massive, belongs to the seniors in this country – not to ones breaching the border – requiring free-to-them-only healthcare and housing. Seniors need healthcare and housing too.
The USDA needs to find ways to force compliance without putting companies out of business. They’ve been negligent in not passing laws that protect the consumer. Instead they pass laws that protect the sellers who have little regard for the health and safety of the consumers of their products.
It’s not enough to say, the majority of products are safe. How do they even know? What that means to most people is that forty-nine percent of the products are not safe.
‘We don’t have the funds’, they claim. Then allocate the funds and take from the copious amounts of special interest monies and grants for frivolous projects and monies in the billions they throw at bankrupt and corrupt foreign countries with no promised returns on tax payers’ investments.
Our food, the air we breathe and the water we drink needs to be on the top of the A-list in every region on the planet. Yet, it isn’t, even though they all claim it is. They’ll say, they eat, breathe and drink the same food, air and water as everybody else.
So that’s where we are right now, because the politicians and lawmakers don’t care what they eat, breathe and drink. You can’t even count on the scientists, since they serve at the pleasure of government and big business who decide what’s harmful and/or beneficial based on financial benefits to the wealthy.
Just the fact that the government promotes certain products from countries with which they make trade deals, when the populace doesn’t want to consume their products is proof enough that government and big business do not have the interest of the consumer as their primary concern.
Family Traditions Meat Company Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat Stick Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2020 – Family Traditions Meat Company, an Ackley, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 270 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef stick products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
The fully cooked, ready-to-eat beef stick items were produced on Nov. 14, 2019, Dec. 3, 2019 and Jan. 6, 2020 and have a shelf life of six months. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
- 3-oz. and 6-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “Arcadia MEATS SMOKED BEEF STICKS ORIGINAL” with lot numbers 31819, 33719 and 00620.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 46538” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The problem was discovered by a compliance officer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture during in-commerce surveillance activities at a retail store.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers or both. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jolene Heikens, Vice President of Sales with Family Traditions Meat Company, or Ashley Morton, Hazard Coordinator with Family Traditions Meat Company, at (641) 847-8116.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.