60,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled on E.Coli Concerns

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — National Beef Packing Company recalled approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

The possible contamination was discovered during a routine inspection conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Thus far, no illnesses have been reported in relation to this recall, the USDA said.

The recall involves ground beef chubs produced on July 23 with a freeze-by date of Aug. 12, and ground beef chubs produced on July 25 with a freeze-by date of Aug. 14. Each box and chub bears the establishment number Est. 262 within the USDA mark of inspection. A complete description of the products and their associated codes are listed on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s website.

National Beef Packing is based in Dodge City, Kan., but the USDA said that the products involved in the recall may have been distributed nationwide. They also may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names. Once available, the USDA will postthe retail distribution on its  FSIS website as well.

Grocery store chain Publix has already released a list of its products that are subject to the recall. These were sold in in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

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

The USDA advises anyone experiencing symptoms to consult a physician immediately. The agency also said that consumers should to be careful 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 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is the second large recall the USDA has issued on meat products this month. In early August, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation recalled approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products after discovering that they may be contaminated with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella.

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