Ohio firm recalls ready-to-eat beef, pork products

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

E-Z Shop Kitchens, Inc., a Fremont, Ohio, establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat, seasoned beef and shredded pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The items subject to recall were sold for institutional and/or individual consumer use and are listed below.

The following products are subject to recall:

16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SEASONED BEEF” that bear the establishment number “EST. 19665” in the USDA mark of inspection.

16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SHREDDED PORK WITH BBQ SAUCE” that bear the establishment number “EST. 19665” in the USDA mark of inspection.

16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SHREDDED BEEF WITH BBQ SAUCE” that bear the establishment number “P-19665” in the USDA mark of inspection.    

All of the products have unknown production dates and were distributed to retail and institutional customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia between July 1 and Oct. 6.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel when following up on a complaint and is the subject of an on-going investigation. FSIS may take additional regulatory action based on the results of this investigation.

FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that recalled product is no longer available to consumers. If available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

Consumer and media questions regarding the recall can be directed to contact the company at (419) 334-2667.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.