How does the USDA track where this beef comes from?
The USDA FSIS inspect ground beef and check for contaminants that could impact the health of many people. They check the logs and records of the retail stores and shops and trace the information back to the beef supplier and can narrow it down by using the pack dates and establishment numbers. Just this month the USDA FSIS recalled over 28,000 pound of ground beef from Winco, Walmart, Kroger, and Albertsons. The ground beef may be contaminated with E. coli. The beef was distributed by Interstate Meat Dist. Inc from Clackamas Oregon. The ground beef was sent to retail stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as stated in the FSIS Announcement.
Ground beef recalls such as these are able to be accomplished by the USDA FSIS Grind Log Rule which requires grocery stores and butcher shops to record their ground beef grinds and cleans on a regular basis. Many people can be protected by keeping these logs.
FSIS USDA Recalls
If you would like to keep up with the USDA Recalls you can visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls and see what beef recalls are listed there. You can even setup email alerts to receive an email every time there is a recall that is important to you.
How can you help?
You can join in this endeavor to help everyone stay safe and healthy by logging your grinds and cleans using the information below.
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