Ada Valley Gourmet Foods Recalls 3,500 Pounds of Beef After Customer Finds Metal Pieces in Vacuum-Packed Meatloaf Sold to Hospitals
UNITED STATES – As reported in an online news article published by www.dailymail.co.uk, a Michigan food manufacturer has recalled 3,500 pounds of beef following reports that metal pieces were found in one of the company’s vacuum-packed meatloaf packages.
Ada Valley Gourmet Foods is a Michigan company that sold frozen meatloaf mix to hospitals in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Recently, a customer noticed that one package of meatloaf contained two metal pieces that both measured approximately 1-inch.
After Ada Valley Gourmet Foods was notified of the presence of metal pieces in one package of frozen meatloaf, the company immediately recalled 3,500 pounds of beef used to make the 5-pound frozen meatloaf packages. There have been no reported injuries or deaths related to the presence of metal pieces in the meatloaf.
Food Recalls Related to the Presence of Inedible Materials are Widespread
In 2019 alone, there have been approximately one dozen recalls of food items containing inedible materials, such as metal. Additionally, numerous food recalls have involved the presence of bacteria, including, among others, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria.
In June of 2019, Tyson issued a recall of chicken fritters in 29 states after three schools identified the presence of clear plastic and soft gray plastic in the chicken. In May of 2019, health food company Purely Elizabeth recalled its granola product after reports that rock, glass, and plastic were found in the granola. During that same week, Vienna Beef issued a recall of 2,000 pounds of frankfurters that may have contained metal pieces.
Overall, the rate of food recalls issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has more than doubled from 56 in 2013 to 145 in 2017. This number does not account for multiple voluntary recalls independently issued by food companies. A potential cause of such a significant surge in food recalls is the increased speed in which food is prepared and packaged.
For example, faster production lines may help prepare food for shipment and sale more quickly but makes it more difficult to screen for contaminants. Additionally, faster production lines also mean that equipment will fail sooner, potentially causing metal pieces to break off.
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