E. coli 'positive' prompts 377,775-lb. ground beef recall

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WASHINGTON – After routine Food Safety and Inspection Service monitoring confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7, Commercial Meat Co., Los Angeles, Calif., launched a Class 1 recall of approximately 377,775 lbs. of ground beef products that may be contaminated with this pathogen, FSIS announced on Oct. 11. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall.

No reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products have been received.

The following ground beef products are being recalled:
* 5-,10-,15-,20-,30-,40-,50- and 60-lb. cases of bulk ground beef
* 5-,10- and 20-lb. cases of ground-beef patties
* 10-,15-,20-,30-,40- and 50-lb. cases of ground beef taco
* 5-,10-,15-,20,25-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-lb. cases of ground beef chili

Each case bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 4873" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between Sept. 7 and Oct. 6, 2011 and were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, as well as one Federal establishment in California for further processing.
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