According to a Texas health department division manager, recalled beef is finding its way into back alley transactions in places as surprising as barber shops, reports the Dallas Business Journal.
14,800 pounds of E. coli-contaminated beef was stolen from a Texas American Food Service truck, and the health department has fanned out across North Dallas to speak with businesses and inspect restaurants.
Ahsan Khan, division manager of the food protection and education division of the Dallas Health Department, said an employee of a barber shop in northeast Dallas reported that a suspicious person attempted to sell him ground beef last week. Seven other businesses — mostly restaurants — also said they had been solicited by a suspicious individual peddling ground beef, Khan said.
Dallas restaurant inspectors are also handing out fliers warning against the threat of the tainted meat.