The USDA Food Safety Investigative Service has issued a Level III recall notification of Sampco, Inc., a Chicago, Il., based meat importer and food production company, on 8 lots of Brazilian beef, due to violative levels of the animal drug Ivermectin were confirmed in its products. This is not Sampco’s first go-round with product recalls stemming from Brazilian beef or importation of products from unsafe sources. See the article footnotes. SIF 337, the Brazilian based establishment that provided the beef to Sampco, was delisted on May 6, 2010 as an approved supplier due to its repeated violations of the levels of Ivermectin found in its beef.
The following products are subject to recall:
* 12-ounce cans of “Libby Corned Beef” bearing a production code “100315U,” “100316U,” “100322U,” or “100326U.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Florida, and Pennsylvania for retail sales.
* 7-ounce pouches “Brushy Creek Shredded Beef” bearing a production code “100121,” “100128,” “100129,” “100308,”or “100322.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio, for retail sales.
* 10-ounce “Brushy Creek Roast Beef” bearing a production code “100226,” “100309,” or “100311.” These products were sent to distribution centers in California, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas for retail sales.
* 12-ounce cans of “Kroger Corned Beef” bearing a production code “100224U.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Indiana for retail sales.
Each product package bears “BRASIL 337 S.I.F,” as well as “Product of Brazil” or “Packed under Brazilian Government Inspection.”
The full recall notification can be found at USDA FSIS.
Sampco, Inc. (South American Meat Products Company) has a notable history of importing products from sources deemed unsafe, resulting in recalls:
May 2001 – Products containing beef byproducts undeclared on labeling.
December 2001 – Products containing beef byproducts undeclared on labeling.
May 2010 – Products containing violative levels of Ivermectin