Reason’s Locker Service in Buffalo Prairie, Illinois, is recalling approximately 6,686 pounds of its cooked ready-to-eat products.
In a news release, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the products may have experienced temperature abuse during stabilization/chilling and could contain the bacteria Clostridium.
The recalled products, which include the establishment number “EST. 227,” were produced from March 2015 through March 2017. The products — including summer sausage, and beef and cheese snack sticks — are sold under the Prairie Pride Meats label.
Greg Boruff, who owns the business with his wife, Diane Reason, said the products were sold exclusively by Reason's at its main facility in Buffalo Prairie in Rock Island County and in Aledo, Illinois.
"We're confident that no harm's been done," he said. "This was not on the cooking side and our chilling process does stand up. But our chilling records were not adequate.''
The Department of Agriculture said the problem was discovered by inspection personnel verifying records. Records did not show actual temperature readings at the required time and place. Instead, it was determined a plant employee filled in a temperature reading without actually testing the product.
Boruff said this marks the first recall in the nearly 80-year-old locker's history. "Am I glad it happened? No. But we'll be better for this,'' he said, adding that the locker now has invested in new equipment to record food temperatures.
There have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions reported to the department or to Reason's. Any customer with a recalled product should return it to Reason's.
Customers with questions, can call Boruff at 309-537-3424.