After conducting effectiveness checks, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) now estimates that approximately 1.1 million pounds of trim and approximately 1.4 million pounds of primal and sub-primal cuts used to produce steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef were received by U.S. firms from XL Foods.
Previously, FSIS reported that approximately 890,000 pounds of boneless beef trim were received from XL. An earlier Public Health Alert included all beef and beef products produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5.
The public should be aware that these products are considered adulterated and should be returned to the place of purchase or destroyed.
FSIS has reason to believe, based on information provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), that beef from cattle slaughtered during the period associated with the recall was produced under insanitary conditions that resulted in a high event period (a period when the trim from carcasses exhibited an unusually high frequency of positive findings for the possible presence of E. coli O157:H7). Therefore, all products produced on the affected dates are considered adulterated and must be either destroyed or verified as having received a full lethality treatment.