For those who do not want to eat extraneous wood with their beef then it may be too late if you who purchased and ate the Sam’s Choice Black Angus Beef Patties from a local Walmart nationwide since late last year, specifically if you purchased the version with 19 percent Vidalia Onion. But the good news is that despite the fact that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a recall for the product, they have made the safety issue a level II problem rather than a level 1 threat.
According to the USDA, there are three recall classification levels. There is the level III, which basically means you have little to worry about but the federal organization has to let you know of a potential problem anyway. The level I classification means death could be a real possibility, however, and level II falls somewhere in between, meaning you could be harmed or you may not.
Thus, the USDA reports on Jan. 4, 2015 that the recall pertaining to the beef products from the Huisken Meat Company–specifically the Sam’s Choice Black Angus Beef Paties with Vidalia Onion, are a level II threat to those who purchased them, so they advise you not to eat them if you have not already.
The sell-by dates on the possibly tainted wood-containing products are 05/17/2006; 05/29/2016, and 06/06/2016. Look for the number “EST. 394A” inside the USDA mark of inspection on your package to make sure the product you purchased is not this recalled item. The purchase date could have been anytime after November 19, 2015 to the present.
According to Huisken, the foreign material came into the production facility through an incoming ingredient, but they are not saying what that ingredient was. However, last year National Public Radio (NPR) shared how the American diet consists of wood fiber derived from the use of cellulose from wood by many food industry companies and how the FDA is allowing its use. For example, McDonalds uses wood cellulose for its breakfast sandwiches and smoothies, and if you like shredded cheeses by Sargento or Organic Valley then you are already eating some form of wood.
Concerned about whether you are experiencing problems from eating the recalled beef from Walmart? The USDA provides contact information for consumers, so you can alleviate those concerns by talking to them. They provide an online service 24/7 called AskKaren.gov, or if you are a Smartphone user it is available at m.askkaren.gov. For those who prefer to phone in their concerns, you may call 1-888-MPHotline from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).