Tennessee Brown Bag, LLC recalls beef jerky products produced without inspection

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WASHINGTON, April 22, 2022 – Tennessee Brown Bag, LLC, a facility in Hixson, Tenn., is recalling approximately 4,590 pounds of beef jerky products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the Safety and Security Service announced today. Food Inspection (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Ready-to-eat beef jerky products were produced from January 2020 to April 2022. The following products are subject to recall [view labels (PDF only)]:

  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG ORIGINAL” and “Best Before” dates through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing the dates “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG PEPPERED” and “Best by” through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing the dates “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG Spicy” and “Best by” through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG TERIYAKI” and “Best before” dates through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing the dates “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG HOTIYAKI SWEET HEAT” and “Best by” through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packaging containing “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG DILL PICKLE” and “Best by” dates through April 2023.
  • 3.0 oz. and 1.5 oz. brown zippered packages containing “TENNESSEE BROWN BAG JALEPENO DILL” and “Best Before” dates through April 2023.

The recalled products do not bear the USDA inspection mark because Tennessee Brown Bag, LLC is not a federally inspected establishment. The company produced seven varieties of beef jerky and sold the product directly to consumers nationwide through websites and retail outlets in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The problem was discovered when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture notified FSIS of the products. After investigation, FSIS determined that the beef jerky products did not bear the USDA inspection mark and were produced in a facility that had not been inspected by the USDA.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ pantries or refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS regularly conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that recalling companies are notifying their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall may contact Christopher Petriccione, Tennessee Brown Bag, LLC, at 833-862-7696, ext. 701 or tnbrownbag@gmail.com.

Consumers with questions about food safety can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask the USDA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also view food safety messages on Ask the USDA or email a question to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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