"The unfit product has been distributed to distribution centers and retail facilities in California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. The agency said there have not been any reported illnesses thus far.
Unfortunately, it is not publicly known which companies received the beef product or whether it got to restaurants or markets."
Other than what you already know (It's a Class 1 recall and it was 8.7 million pounds of beef), this is basically all any article could tell me....
Which means, regardless, you are 100% completely safe.
There is nothing to worry about.
Plus, there has been no illnesses from any of it, yet.
Nothing has been made public as of yet.....but, since there have been no illnesses, I do believe that it is just a safety procedure and more of a, like you said, "covering their butts" kind of thing.