FSIS issues public health alert for beef jerky products over misbranding

FSIS issues public health alert for beef jerky products over misbranding
Several brands of beef jerky were the subject of a health alert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. (USDA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health warning on Friday for ready-to-eat beef jerky products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

In a news release, the FSIS said the products may contain anchovies, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The FSIS issued the health warning out of concern for consumers who might be allergic to anchovies.

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A recall was not requested because the products are not currently for sale to consumers, the FSIS said.

The agency also said that some products in question, labeled as “Charlie Brown Farms Premium Beef Jerky Prime Rib,” also contained Worcestershire, which is not listed as an ingredient but was used in the making of the product.

The beef jerky products were produced from Oct. 20, 2020, through Jan. 21, 2021, and have a one-year shelf life, the FSIS said in its release.

The following products are subject to the public health alert:

  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY PEPPERED BEEF”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY OLD FASHIONED”
  • 4-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY HOT BEEF”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY PRIME RIB”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY RING OF FIRE BEEF JERKY”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold foil bags of “SETTLERS JERKY GHOST PEPPER”
  • 3.25-ounce silver bags of “Sierra Madre Provision Co. OLD FASHIONED BEEF JERKY”
  • 3.25-ounce silver bags of “Sierra Madre Provision Co. PEPPERED BEEF JERKY”
  • 3.25-ounce silver bags of “Sierra Madre Provision Co. HOT BEEF JERKY”
  • 3.25-ounce silver bags of “Sierra Madre Provision Co. GHOST PEPPER BEEF JERKY”
  • 3.25-ounce silver bags of “Sierra Madre Provision Co. RING OF FIRE BEEF JERKY”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce silver bags of “CHARLIE BROWN FARMS PREMIUM FRESH BEEF JERKY GHOST PEPPER”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold bags of “CHARLIE BROWN FARMS PREMIUM FRESH BEEF JERKY Original Prime Rib”
  • 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce gold bags of “CHARLIE BROWN FARMS PREMIUM FRESH BEEF JERKY RING OF FIRE”

The products bear establishment number “EST. 8275” inside the USDA mark of inspection, the FSIS said. These items were distributed for wholesale and also sent to retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel, who added that there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.