DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing, a Utah based company, is recalling over 38,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.
The illness was detected through routine lab testing conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service, which confirmed positive results for E.coli.
The positive test may be the result of a refrigeration malfunction, which failed to keep the meat at a safe temperature.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, the meat was produced on August 7, 2012 with the establishment number "EST. 4975" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The products subject to recall were on their way to wholesale and retail establishments in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. The products were destined for further processing and it is unclear if they ever made it to store shelves.
The recalled meat includes various weight combo bins of Boneless Beef and various weight boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Aug. 7, 2012.
Dale T. Smith and Sons said they have not received any reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products.
Part of a statement released to ABC 4 News reads, "We consider food safety a top priority and work hard to avoid these types of incidences. We're truly grateful that the issue was detected through testing and not because of any illness."
The company was temporarily closed in 1993 to correct conditions that could have potentially resulted in beef contamination.