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Ground Beef Recall

By: USDA; Associated Press Email
By: USDA; Associated Press Email
(AP Photo/Beef Products, Inc.)

(AP Photo/Beef Products, Inc.)

Press Release: USDA

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 – National Beef Packing Company, a Liberal, Kan., firm, is recalling approximately 50,100 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

10 lb. chub of “National Beef” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404

All these products bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on July 18, 2013 and were shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors nationwide.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined National Beef Packing Co. was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.


Associated Press Release

Supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo are recalling some ground beef because of the risk that they've been contaminated with E. coli.

The chains announced the recall Thursday as part of a larger ground beef recall issued by the National Beef Packing Company.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, dehydration and potentially kidney failure.

Winn-Dixie is immediately recalling the affected Fresh 93 Percent Lean Ground Beef from all stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. The product was shipped to stores around July 18.

Bi-Lo is recalling the same product from its shelves in all stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Neither has received reports of any related illnesses.

Consumers can bring the product to the store for a refund.


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