The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears that they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The recall is categorized by the FSIS as "Class I": a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Recalled cases of beef from National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kansas, include 10 pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481,” 10 pound packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421” and 10 pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”
The affected products have a use/sell date of June 14, 2013 and were produced on May 25, 2013. Cases were shipped to institutions and retail establishments and FSIS has expressed concern that some product may remain in consumers' freezers.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. The contamination was found as a result of routine inspection by FSIS.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at 877-857-4143 for details. Additional information can be found at nationalbeef.com.
Consumers with food safety questions are encouraged to contact "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 am to 4 pm ET Monday through Friday.
- Fast facts on E. coli
According to the FSIS, E. coli 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.
Consumers are advised to only consume ground beef that has been cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 160°F.
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You had me at "The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef products are being
recalled on fears that they may be contaminated with E. coli"
Any body want a burger?
Oh good god! Nothing is safe anymore, not that grain-fed meat is safe in general. Those cows are fattened up with tons of corn (GMOs, hello) and other processed garbage that makes cows sick, thus they're injected with antibiotics and then force fed some more to get nice and plump..... This is why I stick to GRASS-FED and GRASS-FINISHED beef and all red meats for that matter, might be a little more expensive, but I am willing to spend more on healthier foods NOW so that I don't have to spend more on medical bills LATER!
Headline: Check your freezer for 22737 LBS. of beef recalled.
Geee, I didn't know my freezer would hold that many pounds of beef!
That's what she said !!
Veggies are recalled because of animal waste getting into the water and ground water which is unavoidable with all the billions of animals in factory farm situations pooping all over. That is a lot of waste and no where to go. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often because the Govt/FDA/USDA/Monsanto is lying to us. Watch Earthlings Free on YOUTUBE. Get the truth and wake up! It's time!
It's a wonder this doesn't happen more often considering the conditions in factory farming where 85% of meat comes from and all of the animal waste (poop) and slaughtering billions of cows for food it's insane! Watch the documentary Earthlings free on Youtube and get the real facts. We are being lied to by the USDA/FDA/Gov't/Monsanto. Time to wake up.
That is one reason, I raise what I eat......Rabbit, chicken,eggs,honey,veggys and more
this is the worst recall notice, that the government had EVER issued, no name brands, no stores names, no idea
of whether this was repackaged or not, , just a generic trade name, it's like they got paid off, so people wouldn't
know what they were eating
You can thank Republicans for that, along with some help from some Democrats.
The passed laws making it a federal crime to reveal the very information you are thinking is important, without express written consent of meat producer.
Better get your facts straight before posting something which makes you look silly. The law which passed only made secretly filming production without companies permission a crime, which really isn't unreasonable. Doubt you'd want a hidden camera in your home filming your most intimate details of life.
What about the food libel laws which make it illegal for people to say anything negative about commercial food companies. You will remember Oprah was taken to court for saying she was not eating beef anymore. Also if you watch Food Inc, you will hear an interview with the mother of a child who died because of a meat recall notice that went out too late. Etc Etc.
You need to get your facts straight, that is just one of the laws. There are many laws. You are speaking from such ignorance.
It's entirely possible. National Beef is known for dodging the PR bullet. They will do anything or avoid negative publicity. They have deep pockets. Thye should take the iniative and release all the information regarding product names and locations.
Another epic government fail brought to you courtesy of the Obama abomination...
Oh I know, Ecoli outbreaks never happened before Obama. /sarcasm.
Haha, yeah no kidding. Oh well, there's always one republi-tard in the group.
This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Obama admin, in fact it has everything to do with Republicans and some of their Democrat friends who prevent any food safety laws.
"The contamination was found as a result of routine inspection by FSIS."
How is that an epic failure by the government???
good thing I only eat extra lean beef.
Gross. Its still a dead animal.
Red meat keeps our ballooning health care costs in a profit zone, and keeps us unhealthy (we eat 166 lbs a year per person in the U.S.
Another reason I'm a vegetarian :)
I'm with you, only I'm Vegan – for 9 years, and veggie for 13 years prior. There is just too much cruelty in meat.
So what level of cruelty is acceptable to you? Your life is brought to you at the expense of several others. Plants are living things too, you know.
There have been many more recalls for vegetables with e-coli than for any meat product so being "vegetarian" doesn't really help much. Besides vegetarian is a very old Indian name, it means poor hunter...
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