The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported on Dec. 21 that Forth Worth-based PFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers have recalled nearly four tons of raw ground beef because it didn’t list soy on the ingredients label and some people are allergic to soy and it could also be life threatening. Look inside the USDA mark of inspection and if you see “EST. 34715” , you are in possession of the recalled meat. A school notified the FSIS and after testing the meat, they found soy and added water in the meat, prompting the recall.
The raw, frozen, ground beef items were produced on Sept. 28, 2017 and shipped to a distributor and institutional locations throughout Texas.
The labeling issue was discovered when FSIS received a complaint from a school about the product’s packaging. FSIS then conducted laboratory testing that confirmed the product contained soy and added water.
In particular, you should check your refrigerator and freezers for the following items:
- 40-lb. cases containing four 10-lb. bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4013 and Patterson Food Processors printed on the label.
- 10-lb. cases containing two 5-lb. bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4012 and Patterson Food Processors printed on the label.
There have not been any reports of sickness from eating the ground beef but there is always a danger that the wrong person could have gotten a hold on some and therefore, it was recalled for a safety precaution.
Symptoms of a soy allergy include:
- Rash or hives (urticaria)
- Itching in the mouth
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Wheezing or other asthma symptoms
Rarely, a soy allergy will cause anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing, causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and can send the body into shock. The only medication that can treat anaphylaxis is epinephrine (adrenaline), administered through an auto-injector as soon as symptoms are apparent.