WASHINGTON – Cincinnati-based Tri-State Beef has initiated the recall of approximately 228,596 lbs. of beef products that may be contaminated withE. coliO157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

Subject to recall are combo bins of Tri-State Beef Co. Inc. Boneless Beef. Each bin bears the establishment number "EST. 1750" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were produced between July 19 and July 22, 2011, and sold to federally-inspected establishments for further processing and distribution in Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Iowa and Virginia.

The problem was discovered after routine FSIS testing confirmed a positive result forE. coli O157:H7. These products were distributed to facilities where they were cooked and as a result received full-lethality treatment, which would effectively kill theE.coli O157:H7 pathogen in the products.

Because the products were shipped into commerce, they are subject to recall, even though they were shipped to other federally-inspected establishments where they received full-lethality treatment and would no longer be considered adulterated.

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