Beef, Sausage, & Corn Recalled But Don’t Worry, Says the FDA

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I can’t be the only one wondering what the heck is going on with our food system lately. The recalls on commonly consumed foods have been so numerous that it seems like there’s another one every other day.

The contamination of our food supply is very unsettling. This year hundreds of people were sickened by romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli and several even died. But there have also been recalls on meat, on breakfast cereal, on frozen food, and even pet food.

In just the past week, there have been massive recalls on ground beef, breakfast sausage, and canned corn. Below, you’ll find the details. Check your kitchen and dispose of any of these foods if you have them on hand.

12 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

JBS Tolleson Inc. has expanded their recall of ground beef and “non-intact” beef products to include 12 million pounds of meat. The products are feared to be contaminated with salmonella.

Because these were packaged between July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018, the most likely destination for these products would be your freezer. The products recalled include ground beef chubs, burger patties, ground beef sold in trays, and pre-seasoned ground beef.

Brands included in the recall are:

  • Kroger
  • Cedar River Farms
  • Comnor Perfect Choice
  • Gourmet Burger
  • Grass Run Farms Natural Beef
  • JBS Generic
  • Laura’s Lean Beef
  • Private Selection
  • Showcase

Go here to get the specific products and numbers of the beef that has been recalled and here to see the labels and brand names.

30,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage recalled for pieces of metal

Popular Jimmy Dean ready-to-eat breakfast sausage links have been recalled due to customer complaints about pieces of metal in the sausages.

It’s unclear where these sausages have been shipped, but the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that these, like the ground beef, may already be in your freezer. The product details are below:

  • 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey”
  • Use By date of Jan. 31, 2019
  • Case code A6382168
  • Time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49

If you have questions about any Jimmy Dean products you may have on hand, you can contact the Jimmy Dean customer service line at 855-382-3101.

Del Monte canned corn recalled for potential botulism.

All those people who think that home-canning is some kind of witchcraft and that commercially canned food is much safer should be aware that Del Monte has called back 64,000 cases of canned corn that was not properly processed.

Del Monte informed the public that “under-processing” deviations that occurred during the production of the canned corn “were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.”

Of course, as any home preserver knows, what they’re talking about is botulism, a potentially deadly toxin that can cause the symptoms similar to those of a stroke. And even if you survive botulism poisoning, you can be left with permanent neurological damage from it.

The product in question is Fiesta Corn with Red & Green Peppers.

Consumers can identify the recalled 15.25-ounce cans (432 grams) by looking for the UPC number 24000 02770 printed on the label and any of the following best-by dates, which are stamped on the bottom of the cans;

  • August 14, 2021
  • August 15, 2021
  • August 16, 2021
  • Sept 3, 2021
  • Sept 4, 2021
  • Sept 5, 2021
  • Sept 6, 2021
  • Sept 22, 2021
  • Sept 23, 2021

Del Monte shipped the corn to Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The company also sent the recalled canned corn to a dozen foreign countries: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, Suriname.

“If consumers have any product with the indicated UPC code and ‘Best if Used By’ dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange,” according to Del Monte’s recall notice.  (source)

If you have more questions, you can contact Del Monte by calling 800-779-7035.

Why are we having all these recalls?

The real question to me is, “Why is our food supply suddenly so unsafe?”

It seems like in the past few years, the recalls have been practically nonstop. Many organic brands and products have been included, and many major food suppliers. It’s not just some little fly-by-night companies who are taking shortcuts. The CDC has investigated 24 multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks so far this year.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants you to know that you don’t need to worry. He says it isn’t that food is more unsafe, but that they’ve become better at tracking down the sources of illnesses. In an interview with CNN, he explained:

“I think that the issue isn’t that there’s more unsafe food,” Gottlieb said. “I think what’s happening is that we have better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen.”

In all 50 states, the CDC has the capacity to do genomic testing on samples from infected patients (such as blood samples). It also can genetically link the identified pathogens in human illness to actual food sources.

What is lagging is the ability to do track and trace to a single distributor or grower “because we don’t have as good a technology as we would like in our supply chain,” Gottlieb said.

Another recent development in protecting the US food supply is the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011. Gottlieb said the act represents a “paradigm shift,” as it is based on prevention instead of reaction.

“I think food is more safe now than it’s ever been. We have much more resources and additional tools to do effective surveillance.” (source)

Is it really though?

Is the FSMA really making us “safer?”

I have to call Baloney Sandwiches on Gottlieb’s claim that we’re so much safer now due to the FSMA, which in actuality makes food freedom a heck of a lot more difficult for anyone who’s not part of a giant corporation.

The Food Safety Modernization Act has come under fire for being onerous for small farmers and for making it nearly to comply unless you’re part of a giant corporation. In fact, according to Mike Adams of Natural News, the whole thing is full of lies and disinformation.  Interestingly, it’s nearly impossible to locate negative coverage of the FSMA on Google. But on Duck Duck Go I found this in an article by Adams:

 It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.

“It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” – Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower (

This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.

This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.

It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.

It would criminalize seed saving (…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.

It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations. (source)

Wow. I feel safer already.

But I digress.

Given that the recalls aren’t specifically related to anything in the FMSA, I believe that the problem is something far different than simply “getting better at tracing the contamination.”

I don’t know what it is, but it seems to me that food production has become incredibly sloppy and careless, and we, the consumers, are the ones who are paying the price. By making food production corporate instead of local, we risk contamination on a massive scale.

Check your pantries and freezers for recalled foods.

I recommend going through your freezer, fridge, and pantry to see if you have any of the products listed in the recall. I had a few packages of Laura’s Lean Beef that I’ll be returning for my money back.

And if you haven’t already begun to build a stockpile based on safe, local foods, nows the time to start working on it. Clearly, Big Food can’t be trusted not to contaminate their products, as is proven by all these extensive recalls.

What do you think about all these recalls? Do you think our food is “safer than ever?”  Let me know in the comments and be sure to join the conversation over in the forum, too.


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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • I am at the point of using only wild game meats for my personal and family food source. I was at Walmart the other day and found a Meat slicer, a Meat Grinder, and a Carving set of knives as well as a Seal a Meal all at a decent price . I think I just might pick those up and use them to process wild game for my red meat source.

  • I’m 75 years of age, and from my youth until the 80’s, I don’t recall having any problems in the food supply until the 80’s and now it seems to be common. In my days we had our own local butcher, our own bakery’s, most all food sources were local, and owned by local people. Thing were not shipped in pre-packaged that stay on the shelves longer then one would expect. Today, even doughnuts, cakes etc. are sent in baked from who know where, by who knows who. When I was young, you could eat raw meat and never have any fear of contamination, mothers use to taste the meatloaf before the baked it to ensure the flavor and right ingredients were correct. We could eat rare or raw steak, rare hamburgers etc.. I think the problem lies with the US Government and the agencies involved with the food chain now being owned by the giant busniess that produce the garbage they call food today. Put things back the way they were in the 40’s thru the 70’s and start eating better and safer, and abolish all those govt. agencies that claim they make our lives better, no govt. ever existed that made man’s lives or life better.

  • “What is lagging is the ability to do trach and trace to a single distributor OR GROWER (emphasis added) ‘because we don’t have as good a technology as we would like in our supply chain’ Gottleib said.”

    Does anyone else besides me see the open door comment here designed to set the stage for NAIS 2.0? If Big Brother comes to my door to tell me to tag my livestock, I pack my bags and get out of this “free” counry.

  • I’ve learned to read the backs of packages to find out where my food may be coming from. It seems to me, ever since much of the American food and candy production left our country, that’s when the problems began.

    By manufacturing our food and candy outside of this country, is it possible that they don’t need to abide to the same FDA standards that they must abide to when they make the products in America?

    Think about it, if you are buying food from 3rd world countries, where people live in 3rd world conditions, is it possible that they don’t have the same health and safety standards we have here in America? Do they wash their hands after going to the bathroom?

    I can’t help but wonder if our food production has left the country in order to get around American standards. It’s very deceptive. We are buying products that LOOK American so our mind THINKS it’s American when in actuality the products aren’t American at all.

    Read the backs of your food and candy. You’ll be amazed where it is being manufactured. Just because a product may say it is DISTRIBUTED by an American company doesn’t mean the product was MADE IN AMERICA.

    I’ve learned to go without a lot of goodies I used to love to eat. When they come back to America, I may start buying them again but for now I’d rather do without.

  • Daisy,it wouldn’t surprise me,if it was our own government that was tainting our food supply.It sounds like to me,that it’s a part of the globalist agenda to kill people off.Just like they are trying to do with the terraforming,(those chemtrails in the sky in the cross hatch pattern) meant to spread disease,and slowly
    block out the sun in order to kill of our food supply and us as well.What the globalists are doing is criminal.

  • I have worked in a food production facility for 15 years now, and this is no surprize… especially if you know how and who is “processing” your food.
    I have first hand witnessed undocumented workers spit, blow their noses, and going pooh into your food! When I reported it to management, they typically do not do anything because it’s all about getting product out the door and into your shopping cart! I have had management laugh at me and tell me they do not dare because they do not eat this “shit” anyway!
    As for the FDA, they are a joke! In my 15 years here, they only showed up once and that’s when we had a major recall because of e-coli contamination (someone’s pooh in your chicken patties)
    We had USDA here everyday, and they fought and fought buy their management never backs up the agent, and the company fought to get a new inspector with “poor eyesight”.
    Here is the bottom line, food production is messy, it’s a job an American would want a lot of money to do, so typically American hating illegals fill those positions, and do a lot of stuff to your food you do not want to know about, and those are just your average folks… what about People looking to hurt

  • They are hiring a LOT of immigrants to do this. They do NOT know anything about sanitation. They don’t wash their hands after coming out of the bathroom and I don’t even think they know about using toilet paper correctly.

    In their world, nature was their bathroom and they would crap anywhere and still do this today thinking nothing of it. That is why disease spreads over there and many die.

  • This situation makes another sound argument for going vegetarian. The meat supply has been contaminated with all sorts of germs and viruses for decades and the situation is only getting worse. The contaminated lettuce is largely a result of using raw sewage and biosludge for fertilizers. Solution: grow your own. Buy organic as much as possible and use the EWG clean 15 list, but absolutely nothing sourced from China (full of toxic heavy metals). I try to avoid anything coming from Mexico, who knows what they do down there to grow their crops?

  • It wouldn’t surprise me that all of this food contamination is by design. I don’t trust government at all.

  • One has to wonder if FSMA would also see buckets of dried food as a “risk” to the general population. This attempted coup of our food industry by corporations is getting very scary….

  • Did anyone think that the trade war tariffs may have something to do with the recalls recalls? The USDA tells farmers what to plant, when to plant, where to plant and even pays farmers not to plant crops in return the US government puts price subsidies on practically all agricultural products.

    The trade war with China has produced a glut of cheese/dairy, pork, beef and chicken in US cold storage facilities, their full cannot store any more of these products. see this link:

    Normally this type of glut of any product would call for a reduction of the price of the commodity so sales would increase but the problem is that the products have government guaranteed price subsidies.…0.0..4.491.5269.46j7j1j0j1….2..0….1..gws-wiz…..0..0j0i71j0i131i67j0i67j0i131j0i10j0i22i30j33i22i29i30.DRciIVBQTOU

    What to do, what to do? Could the government be lying about the contamination of the food products? Could the cash strapped US government be repackaging these products and selling them outside of the US to pay for the deficit? Could the US government be stockpiling this food for a coming economic disaster so they can maintain a continuity of government? What is the answer? I don’t know.

    All I know is that it takes years and hundreds of deaths before a FDA will recall is done for a pharmaceutical product but the same FDA can do food recall in days from only an illness outbreak. Does this make any sense to you?

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