by Ian Froeb
In general, food recalls aren't funny. Listeria, E. coli, salmonella: serious business, all of them. Undeclared allergens might not matter to most consumers, but for those who are allergic, they can be a very big deal, indeed.
But then there is this recall, announced last week by the USDA.
It seems some consumers of frozen Salisbury steaks from Geneva, Illinois-based On-Cor Frozen Foods discovered quite the surprise when they opened their packages recently. Let's go the USDA press release, shall we?
On-Cor Frozen Foods, a Geneva, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 605 pounds of frozen boneless rib-shaped patties with barbecue sauce because they may have been mispackaged and labeled as Salisbury steak products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to recall include: 28-oz. packages of "On-Cor Gravy & 6 Salisbury Steaks made with chicken, pork and beef, Family Size" with the number "EST. 1044G" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
To simplify:On-Cor is recalling frozen Salisbury "steak" (actually made from chicken and pork as well as beef) because the packages accidentally include "ribs" (actually processed rib-shaped patties).
Are you laughing? Oh, you're crying at the state of America's food system. Yeah, that's an appropriate response, too.