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Beef warning issued for 9 states

Beef warning issued for 9 states

Authorities have issued a health alert for eight corned beef and chicken spread products that were illegally imported from the Philippines.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service urges retailers not to sell the products and asks consumers to dispose of them carefully due to potential pathogen risks.

On Wednesday, the FSIS issued the alert after discovering meat and poultry products from the Philippines during routine surveillance activities at a retail store.

The packaging of the products delivered to restaurants and retail stores in nine U.S. states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia – does not include information about their place of manufacture.

The alert states: “FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumer and restaurant pantries and on retailer shelves. Retailers who have purchased these products are urged not to sell them. Consumers and restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to consume or serve them.”

“Consumers are asked to double-bag the product when disposing of it to reduce the possibility of animals gaining access to the product, as the USDA cannot confirm whether the products have been properly heated to control pathogens that are dangerous to livestock and poultry.”

Canned Corned Beef
Corned beef in a can. Authorities warn about corned beef and chicken spread being illegally imported from the Philippines.

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The warning said there were no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from taking the products and that anyone who suspects they may be suffering from an illness should contact a doctor.

A health warning applies to the following products regardless of the product date:

  • 150 gram can of “Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF”.
  • 175 gram can of “Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF”.
  • 260 gram can of “Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF”.
  • 150 gram can of “PUREFOODS CORNED BEEF”.
  • 210 gram can of “PUREFOODS CORNED BEEF”.
  • 150 gram can of “CHUNKEE CORNED BEEF”.
  • 190 gram can of “CHUNKEE CORNED BEEF”.
  • 7.43-ounce jar of Lady’s Choice Chicken Spread.

FSIS said it will continue to investigate how the products entered the country. The products belong to three Philippine companies: Century Pacific Food Inc., which owns the Argentina brand; San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc., which owns the Purefoods and Chunkee brands; and Unilever Philippines, which owns Lady’s Choice.

Newsweek has emailed Century Pacific Food, San Miguel Food and Beverage and Unilever Philippines for comment.

There have been several other meat-related warnings and recalls in recent months. In June, a meat importer recalled more than 20,000 pounds of beef products that were not inspected upon entry into the U.S. Publix Super Markets also recently voluntarily recalled some ground beef products.