Colorado Springs meat company recalls 36 products

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Steaks and other beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va., in this 2010 file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado Springs meat company has recalled more than 12,500 pounds of beef, pork and poultry products after failing to list sodium nitrite as an ingredient.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the recall has affected 36 products from Ranch Foods Direct that were produced over the last year, and then shipped to retail locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

A Food Safety Inspection Service audit revealed that the products hadn’t listed sodium nitrate as an ingredient, which is required because it is an added preservative that can be toxic in excessive amounts.

The products should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase.

No illnesses have been reported.

A Ranch Foods Direct official says the company’s parent, Good Food Concepts, strives to adhere to federal regulations.

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