Beef recall: Fort Worth processor says products may be contaminated by E. coli

FORTH WORTH, TX - A Fort Worth beef processor is recalling nearly 16,000 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated by E. coli.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a "high" health risk exists for products provided by PFP Enterprises.

There are no reports of consumers being sickened.

The products were produced Dec. 5 and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Arizona, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

The following products are subject to Food Safety Inspection Service recall:

--10.5-lb. boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak, with a pack date of "12/13/13"

--20-lb. boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, with a pack date of "12/05/13"

--15-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajita, with a use by date of "1/13/14"

--40-lb. boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts, with a pack date of "12/5/13"

--20-lb. boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, with a pack date of "12/9/13"

--10-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajitas, with a pack date of "12/9/2013"

--40-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajitas w/Binder, with a pack date of "12/9/2013"

--12-lb. boxes of Seasoned Beef for Fajitas, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of "1/15/14"

--12-lb. boxes of Mexican Style Beef for Fajita, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of "1/11/14"

Federal inspectors became aware of the possible contamination through PFP Enterprises' testing program.

Federal authorities say the company through an oversight failed to finalize testing to determine if contamination existed.

E. coli is a bacteria with strains that can cause severe food poisoning.

The retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website when available at  www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls .

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