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Cody, Wyoming Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Varieties of Gourmet Beef Jerky
CEO David Fales issues apology with offer of replacement products
For Immediate Release
CODY, Wyo., (February 11, 2014) - Wyoming Authentic Products, LLC, a manufacturer of all natural beef products, announced today that a process deviation at its Cody, Wyoming facility caused it to recall approximately 365 pounds of its beef jerky. The voluntary recall, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), includes selected lots of beef jerky produced between November 4 and November 25, 2013.
The problem was discovered by Wyoming Authentic Products, which it then brought to the attention of FSIS. No complaints or reports of illness have been received by the company or by the FSIS. Wyoming Authentic Products processes and sells a variety of natural beef products to retailers and to direct consumers through its website. Only a limited number of its beef jerky products are involved in this recall and no other products are affected.
Beef jerky recalled by the company includes a variety of Wyoming Gourmet Beef’s 3.5 oz. beef jerky products and includes the establishment number “EST. 44972” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. A full list of those products is on the second page of this release. The products were sold at retailers in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming with less than 10 pounds also sold in Spokane, Washington. There were also a limited number of online sales through the company’s website. The company is contacting its online consumers directly and has begun contacting all of its retail customers regarding the recall.
David Fales, chief executive officer of Wyoming Authentic Products said, “We are truly sorry for the recall and regret any distress it causes to our retail and direct customers. We remain committed to the highest standards in food quality and of course, food safety is our top priority. While there have been no results of any illness caused by our products, we are taking this recall very seriously and issuing replacement products to our retail customers for any product remaining on their shelves. We appreciate the cooperation we are receiving from our customers as we move forward to take care of this issue as quickly as possible.”
Fales further explained, “The cause of the recall was a process deviation in the humidity settings on our ovens in combination with a failure to adequately record meat temperature during that time period. Unfortunately, we did not have adequate records to verify that food-safe, wet-bulb temperatures were consistently reached in accordance with the USDA food safety requirements. In addition to the precautionary recall, we have taken a number of corrective actions including process improvements and additional training to ensure that this error can not be repeated.”
About Wyoming Authentic Products and Wyoming Gourmet Beef
Wyoming Gourmet Beef sources, processes, and distributes high quality All Natural Angus Beef with no added hormones or antibiotics. Wyoming Gourmet Beef-All Natural Angus Beef includes these distinctions:
1. A trusted State of Origin recognition label: "Wyoming Gourmet Beef"
2. Humane treatment of cattle: "Carefully Handled Cattle" (Wyoming Verified)
3. Never any use of animal byproducts: "Raised on Grass and Grains"
4. Aged beef (7 ‒ 14 days) for improved tenderness and flavor for prime cuts
5. Cattle sourced exclusively from ranches that meet our high standards for great beef
Wyoming Authentic Products opened its facility in Cody, Wyoming in October of 2013. Fales, a native of Cody, has more than 30 years of experience working in a variety of larger food organizations including Fresh Express Inc. (Division of Chiquita Brands International), Parrot-Ice Drink Products, Colombo Inc. and J.R. Simplot.
Products recalled include the following:
David A. Fales
Wyoming Authentic Products, LLC
First Wyoming Gourmet Beef Taste-test!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The first annual taste-testing for Wyoming Gourmet Beef was held on May 11, 2011, at the Terrace Restaurant in Cody, Wyoming. Hosted by Food Services of America and Lynn Lampe, the beef was cooked to perfection by Chef Ian! Restaurant owners, guest ranch hosts, school personnel, and tourists were all there to taste Wyoming Gourmet Beef for the first time.
Everyone who was at our taste-testing that day raved about how delicious and tender the beef was and wanted to know how it could be so good. We explained that it is the way our cattle are raised, fed, and cared for that determines the quality and taste of our meat. Our company is dedicated to finding the best Wyoming cattle and caring for them properly so that our consumers will consistently have the best beef available. Remember, "When you eat beef, eat the best . . . Wyoming Gourmet Beef!"