Tue December 10, 2013

Rodent Activity Responsible For Windsor Company's Meat Recall

Most products recalled are prepackaged sausage, jerky and pork.
Credit Fraser Lewry / Flickr/Creative Commons

A Windsor-based meat and poultry processor is recalling more than 90,000 pounds of beef and pork products over health concerns.

Update 10:03 a.m. 12/13/13 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the processor, Yauk's Specialty Meats, has expanded its recall of various meat products. In addition to the 90,000 pounds of meat already being recalled, this new expansion covers an unknown quantity of meat and related food products packaged under these brands: 

  • Four Sisters Farm
  • Heart Rock Bison
  • High Point Bison
  • Luc’s Pizza
  • Mountain States Poultry & Meats
  • Open A Bar 2
  • Rocky Plains Quality Meats
  • Schmidt’s Bakery & Deli
  • Wag’s Livestock
  • Wayne’s Specialty Meats
  • Windsor Dairy
  • Wyoming Pure Beef
  • Yauk’s Specialty Meats

Our original post continues below.


A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector paid a visit to Yauk’s Specialty Meats Dec. 5 for an assessment. The USDA found products being produced under “insanitary conditions,” including rodents.

“The recall was the result of an assessment by the folks at the USDA that discovered a variety of insanitary conditions including rodent activity in the production, storage and retail areas of the property,” said Susan Parachini with the Colorado Department of Public Health.

Those conditions were enough to issue a recall, Parachini said.

“In general, rodents can be carriers of a variety of different, both bacterial and viral pathogens,” Parachini said.

The recall targets prepackaged sausage, jerky and pork products, produced between April 1 and Dec. 5, 2013. Here’s a list of the products that public health officials suggest should be thrown away:

  • “Colorado Best Beef” brand various fresh, smoked and shelf-stable meat products.
  • “James Ranch” brand jerky and summer sausage.
  • “Rocky Plains Meats” brand hams, bacon, raw and smoked sausage, jerky and raw poultry.
  • “John Long Farms” brand fresh and smoked pork products.
  • “Horned Beef” brand jerky.
  • “Mile High Hungarian Sausage” brand fresh and smoked bacon and sausage.

So far no one’s been sickened by meat processed at the facility. The recall affects meat sold at the wholesale and retail level in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.