National Beef recall spurred by E. coli 'positive'

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON - National Beef Packing Co. LLC, Dodge City, Kan., is recalling approximately 60,424 lbs. of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Aug. 12.

Products subject to recall include ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of Aug. 12, 2011 — Boxes containing six 10-lb. chubs of National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck — these can be identified by the product code 483; boxes containing eight 5-lb. chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 684; and boxes containing 12 3-lb. chubs of National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck —these can be identified by the product code 782 or 785; boxes containing six 10-lb. chubs of National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck — these can be identified by the product code 787.

Also subject tor recall are ground beef chubs produced on July 25, with a Freeze by Date of Aug. 14, 2011: Boxes containing eight 10-lb. chubs of National Beef 81/19 Fine Ground Beef — these can be identified by the product code 431; boxes containing eight 10-lb. chubs of National Beef 90/10 Fine Ground Beef--these can be identified by the product code 471; and boxes containing six 10-lb. chubs of National Beef 86/14 Fine Ground Round — these can be identified by the product code 494.

Each box and chub bears the establishment number “Est. 262” within the USDA mark of inspection. Products were shipped to distributors nationwide for further processing and/or distribution. Products listed may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names.

The problem was discovered during routine microbial testing conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture at a state-inspected facility that had purchased these products for further processing. A traceback investigation revealed products from the slaughter facility National Beef Packing Co. were the sole source for the positive product sample. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
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