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Jerky by Art Recalls Beef Jerky Products

DSC_0577According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS), beef jerky products manufactured by a New Mexico company are being recalled because of inspection and branding issues. According to officials, this recall is a Class I, which means there is a reasonable probability that using the product(s) will cause serious and adverse health problems to include death.

The company who manufacturers the jerky products, Jerky by Art, is based in New Mexico and according to a spokesperson, an unspecified amount of beef jerky products are being recalled because of production without inspection. In addition, the products in question were misbranded without allergens being declared, some containing anchovies and wheat.

The products in question include all vacuum-packed plastic bags of Claude’s Beef Jerky with Red Chile and contain an establishment number of “EST. 34270” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. These recalled products were primarily packed in four-ounce bags but may be in other bags of varying sizes, none with an identifying date or code. For this reason, FSIS is advising consumers to discard any of the Claude’s Beef Jerky with Red Chile products purchased before September 12, 2014.

While the establishment was undergoing an ongoing investigation, the problem with the now-recalled products was discovered. At this time, there have been no reports from consumers about adverse reaction but anyone who does experience one after eating the beef jerky should see a medical professional.

As part of normal operation, FSIS conducts recall effectiveness checks, which serve to verify that recalling firms notify customers that a recall is occurring but also take the necessary steps to ensure the product(s) in question is no longer available for purchase. If consumers or media representatives have concerns or questions about the Claude Beef Jerky with Red Chile recall, they are prompted to Mr. Arthur Sandoval at 505-262-0240.

Consumers can also contact FSIS, asking for Karen, a virtual representative available 24 hours a day, either by visiting or going to via smartphone. “Karen” is available to assist Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST. The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is also offered to consumers Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm by calling 888-674-6854 (888-MPHotline).

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