SOURCE: Carino's Italian

December 31, 2009 17:00 ET

Carino's Italian Voluntarily Removes Recalled Meat At All Restaurants Supplied By National Steak and Poultry

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 31, 2009) - Carino's Italian has voluntarily removed and safely disposed all meat products provided by its supplier, National Steak and Poultry (NSP). Carino's Italian took immediate steps and followed the appropriate safety procedures in the removal and disposal of all potentially affected meat products as soon as NSP notified the company of the USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) request for the broad recall.

"Food safety, as well as the health and well-being of our guests and employees, are our number one priority," said Warren Chang, president of Fired Up, Inc., owner Carino's Italian. "We are actively monitoring this situation and participating with NSP's and USDA's ongoing investigation of this recall."

To date, Carino's Italian has not been notified of any illnesses associated with the one steak product provided by NSP. The steak product that has been associated with Carino's Italian was used in limited time offers and is no longer being offered. None of the products that were supplied to Carino's Italian tested positive for any contamination.

"We assure our guests that Carino's Italian has one of the strictest quality control procedures in the industry and we only use ingredients of the highest quality in our dishes. We stand by the food we serve," added Mr. Chang.

For additional information, please visit USDA FSIS at or the National Steak and Poultry recall web site at or hotline at 1-866-439-7348.

About Carino's

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Carino's Italian owns and operates over 70 restaurants nationwide in conjunction with over 60 franchised units. The company has prided itself in providing a high-quality, superior value dining experience for over 10 years. Carino's Italian Restaurants are wholly owned by Fired Up, Inc. For more information on Carino's Italian Restaurants visit

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