March 10th, 2011
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A Kansas company has recalled more than 14,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, federal authorities have announced.

The recalled meat, sold in large packages and distributed in numerous states, comes from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef of Arkansas City, Kansas. Some 14,158 pounds of beef, in a handful of varieties, are subject to the recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday in a press release.

A "third-party" inspector - not Creekstone Farms or the USDA - determined the presence of E. coli 0157:H7, according to the federal agency. The USDA classifies the recall as "Class 1," having determined "this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

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  1. rose helen militello

    i still don't understand why quality control does'nt catch this BEFORE it leaves the packing plant,someone please tell me.funny thing i am reading ,The Jungle again haven't read it in a those who have not read it please do so.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  2. DaMeglet

    Ever seen the workers picking the strawberry fields in California? I have. They pick and pick and pick, then they use the porta-potty at the edge of the field, then they come out an pick and pick some more. And there's not a handwashing sink ANYWHERE!
    Bottom line - the world is dirty. S#!T happens. =-P

    March 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  3. SixDegrees

    Brian – maybe you've missed the dozens of vegetable and fruit recalls that have been issued over the last year or so. In any case, these – and the smaller number of meat recalls issued over the same period – are the result of vigilant monitoring, not some failure of the system. In all cases, the percentage of food affected by recalls is a tiny fraction of what is produced and delivered safely to consumers.

    In this particular case, no one was even exposed to illness; the contamination was caught by the system before any products reached consumers. This is a symptom of a system that is working extremely well, doing exactly what it is intended to do – not of something that is busted.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • Brian

      Vegatables were recalled due to e-coli, which is due to the feces of animals. No meat farms, then less chance of e coli, unless of course you're going around $hitting in the veggie fields!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. The Witty One@brian

    Oh yeah....and how many articles have been posted on this very blog with different veggie recalls? Lets all just eat cardboard! Oh wait....the trees would be massed produced and then they would get diseases. And then all the tree hugging hippies would be out in force.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Dude!! Chill . . .I thnk you got hold of some of that Mad Cow meat!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  5. The Witty One

    I am actually watching Food Inc and they are talking about the Ecoli outbreaks. This strain in particular. Kind of sad :(

    @Brian- How about 7 tons of stfu? Guess what moron? If everyone adopted a plant based diet then the food companies would grow to be just like the meat industry. There would be (even more) mass production of veggies and disease would probably run rampant in those. How about we support a sustainable source of meat, dairy, and plants? Happy cows and such.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Brian

    Every day, the consequences of the meat industry present themselves- world hunger, lack of healthy food for the poor,

    the awful lives and deaths endured by 10 billion animals similar to the dogs and cats we all love, and the polluting of our

    environment which could lead to the death of our own species.

    If you're tired of these things happening, please join me along with millions of americans who have adopted a plant based

    diet – to stop giving the bastards (who sacrifice so much for money in their back pocket) money to perpetuate the


    March 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • abbyful

      There are approximately the same number of domestic cattle in the USA today as there were bison before European settlers arrived here.

      A plant-based diet is not sustainable long-term. A diet including meat actually uses less than than a vegan diet. Cattle are kept on land unfit for farming crops; such as hilly, rocky, or sandy ground.

      Many farmers and ranchers cut & bale the grass from ditches and waterways for animal feed. Also, byproducts from other industries can be used for animal feed, such as apple pulp from apple cider companies.

      Ground cannot be farmed year after year, it destroys the soil. Crops must be rotated and summerfallowed to try to maintain soil quality.

      If you don't like factory farming, then buy your meat from local independent farmers/ranchers. Or hunt; wild game is very healthy, it's leaner and higher in Omega-3s.

      March 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • abbyful

        Typo: "A diet including meat actually uses less LAND than than a vegan diet"

        March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
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