Every week, many Americans consume beef products. From hamburgers to soups to pot roast to sandwiches, beef is an extremely common food in many of our diets. Because it is so frequently purchased and consumed, that is all the more reason that it should be thoroughly inspected and properly handled and packaged in a way to prevent contamination and maintain safety. Under product liability law, companies have a legal duty to prevent injury to customers via defective and dangerous products, such as contaminated food, by inspecting products for dangers, removing such items from the marketplace, and warning customers about known dangers. When a company fails and breaches this duty with food products, customers may suffer illness or injury as a result of food poisoning.
According to a recent report by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, one beef processor has recalled ground beef due to possible foreign matter contamination. The processor, Sam Kane Beef Processors, is recalling 90,987 pounds of ground beef that could have been contaminated. All of the products were produced between September 9th and September 18th with sell by dates of September 29th and October 8th. The products include 3 lb. packages of ground chuck with establishment number 337, 5 lb. packages of ground beef with establishment number 337, 10 lb. packages of ground beef with establishment number 337, and 10 lb. clear film packages of formed patties also with establishment number 337. Even though these sell by dates are from 2 weeks ago, it is possible that many people could still have these products in their home freezers as meat can be frozen and used months later. If you have any of these beef products in your home, it is recommended that you dispose of them immediately.