The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Pinnacle Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 32,479 pounds of their Armour brand heat-treated, shelf-stable beef products due to a possible processing deviation that may have led to staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin contamination. These products are sold at Walmart locations in Rhode Island. Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
The ready-to-eat, dried, sliced beef items were produced on Jan. 2, 2018 and April 9, 2018. The products have a shelf life of three years. The following products are subject to recall: (A link to the product photo is included below).
• 2.25 oz. glass jars containing "ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef" with best by dates of JAN-07-21, JAN-08-21, JAN-09-21, JAN-10-21, JAN-11-21, APR-15-21, APR-16-21, APR-17-21, APR-18-21 and APR-19-21 and lot codes 0707011Y11, 0708011Y11, 0709011Y11, 0710011Y11, 0711011Y11, 0715041Y11, 0716041Y11, 0717041Y11, 0718041Y11 and 0719041Y11 . • 4.5 oz. glass jars containing "ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef" with best by dates of JAN-23-21, JAN-24-21, JAN-25-21 and APR-22-21 and lot codes 0723011Y11, 0724011Y11, 0725011Y11 and 0722041YW1.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST. 2AD" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Staphylococcal enterotoxins and clostridial toxins can lead to very serious gastrointestinal illness with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call the Pinnacle Foods Consumer Care office at (888) 299-7646. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Janice Monahan, Pinnacle Foods' director of corporate communications, at (973) 541-8620.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.