Crider Foods is recalling about 525,717 pounds of canned beef with gravy products that may be contaminated with unsafe levels of lead.
According to an alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the canned beef may have been contaminated due to a spice mix used by an outside supplier.
The products were processed on Oct. 22, 2020, and March 15, 2021, and could cause serious health risks.
Details of the Recall
Included are several canned beef products under the brand names Hargis House, Kroger, Clover Valley, Hostess, Laura Lynn, Armour, and Harvest Creek. The products subject to the recall bear the establishment number EST. 31812 on the can. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered during routine surveillance sampling conducted by a state partner. In-plant verification activities conducted by Crider Foods in conjunction with the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service of FSIS found that a spice mix used from an outside source contained unsafe levels of lead. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these recalled products.
FSIS is still worried that some of these products may be in consumers’ pantries. Those who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, but discard them or return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.
Lead in Food
Lead is a high-density metal that is a natural part of our planet. But inside the human body, it can cause serious or even lethal problems. The body allows the lead to bind to proteins and move with ease through internal membranes. This could cause serious health problems including permanent and irreversible brain damage.
Lead can contaminate spices at many points in the global supply chain. Spices are often grown in countries that are polluted by leaded gasoline, smelters, battery manufacturing plants, and mines. Lead is deposited in soil and water from airborne pollutants and fertilizer application. In addition, lead dust from grinding machinery can contaminate spices. Besides, spices might also be adulterated deliberately with lead to enhance color or increase weight.
If you or a loved one has suffered health effects as a result of eating contaminated food, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.