BREAKING: Beef Recall, including East Texas stores, due to Possible E coli contamination

Published on Saturday, 8 February 2014 19:48 - Written by Betty Waters blw@tylerpaper.com

Several Tyler and East Texas grocery stores were included in an updated list from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service of retail locations that received beef products possibly contaminated with E.coli.

 PFP Enterprises of Fort Worth recalled approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products last week that possibly are contaminated with E.coli O103, E.coli O111, E coli 0121. E. coli 0145, E coli 026 and E. coli045.

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service stated Friday that it had reason to believe that several retail locations received the beef products recalled by the Texas-based company.

 Stores in the Tyler and Longview area on the list included Wal-Mart, Brookshire’s, Super I Foods at 3828 Troup Highway and FRESH by Brookshire’s at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway.

 Rebecca Sanders, director of public relations for Brookshire Grocery Co, issued a statement Saturday acknowledging company stores including Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and FRESH by Brookshire’s were identified as those that had received some of the product, which was packed in December 2013.

 “All product involved in the voluntary recall has already passed the expiration date of Jan. 13, 2014, but BGC stores have been instructed to be sure there is no possibility of product in company stores,” Ms. Sanders said.

 “BGC officials encourage any customers who may still have this product with UPC number 0085411300189 and “use by” date of 1/13/2014 to return it to their local store for a full refund,” Ms. Sanders said.

 She added, “Consumer safety is of utmost importance to Brookshire Grocery Company and encourages any customer to return product to their local Brookshire Grocery Co. store if it is included in this recall.”

A spokesperson for Wal-Mart could not be reached for comment.

Besides the Tyler stores on the list, other stores included in the recall are Super 1 Foods in Longview, Mount Pleasant and Texarkana, and Kroger in Texas.

 The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "Est. 34715" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.

 Products subject to the recall are: 10.5-pound boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak, 20-pound boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, 15-pound boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajita, 40-pound boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts, 20-pound boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, 10-pound boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas, 40-pound boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas with Binder, 12-pound boxes of Seasoned Beef for Fajitas containing six two-pound packs and 12-pound boxes of Mexican Style Beef for Fajitas containing six two-pound packs.