Recalled meat at Gallo's due to labeling error

Gallo's Meats recalled 82 pounds of sausage, beef and lamb products after a minor labeling error.

The problem was discovered on Sept. 14 when U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors observed product marked with the USDA mark of inspection that was not produced during an FSIS inspection.

FSIS is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

In the case of Gallo’s, the products subject to recall have the establishment number “EST. 09334” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

"It was a simple mistake by someone who works here, it wasn't intentional," explained Kim Gallo, co-owner of Gallo's Meats.

Kim and her father Tony Gallo established Gallo’s Meats in 2011.

The recall included 12-16 oz. cryovac packages hot Italian sausage with a pack date of April 20, 2016, 12-16 oz. cryovac packages of ground lamb with a pack date of June 7, 2016 and 12-16 oz. cryovac packages of beef flank steak with a pack date of July 22 or July 27, 2017.

These items were sold to consumers in Washington.

According to Kim, most of the product has been accounted for already.

“There is no cause for alarm," noted Kim. "There are no reports of adverse reactions to the product. The product is safe and wholesome, it was just a labeling issue.”

The FSIS also states that there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

If someone did consume this product and are concerned about a reaction, they are told to contact a healthcare provider.

Kim said anyone who purchased this meat can exchange it or return it for a refund.

If anyone has questions or concerns, Kim encourages them to call Gallo's Meats at 509-684-3448. Ask for Kim or Tony.