Improperly inspected beef jerky recalled

Several meat products from a Rio facility were not properly inspected before sale, prompting a recall, a state consumer agency said Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Division of Food and Recreational Safety, along with Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe Inc., said six types of beef jerky were recalled.

Included in the recall are the following products that have a Wisconsin legend with the number 293 on the quarter-pound package:

North Oak, Peppercorn Jerky

North Oak, Hickory Smoked Jerky

Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe Inc., Beef Jerky

Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe Inc., “Our Famous” Beef Jerky

Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe Inc., Nitrite Free! Beef Jerky

Twisted Oak Farms, Nitrite Free! Beef Jerky

DATCP said the recall was initiated based on evidence collected during a routine inspection by state inspectors at the shop on Highway 16. Three brands of beef jerky were not produced with the benefit of inspection by state officials as required by law for meat products.

All four products were sold at retail stores as well as wholesaled by distributors throughout the state on or before Jan. 5. DATCP said the establishment has voluntarily recalled the products and is working with DATCP to collect as much product as possible.

No illnesses have been reported from eating the jerky, DATCP said.

According to the news release, consumers who have any of these products can return them to the original place of purchase or discard them.