Ground beef recall due to possible e. coli

Ground beef recall due to possible e. coli

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WASHINGTON -

Class I Recall 040-2013

Health Risk: High Jun 18, 2013

Editor's Note: This recall is being updated to include additional packaging and distribution information.

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 - National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan.,establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beefproducts that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcedtoday.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code"0481."
• 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code"0421."
• 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code"0484."

All these products have a "USE BY/SELL BY DATE" of June 14,2013, and bear the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark ofinspection. The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to variousinstitutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas,Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri,Arkansas, and Arizona. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that someproduct may be frozen and in shoppers' freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed apositive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firmwas the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positiveproduct. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associatedwith consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verifyrecalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are takento make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. Whenavailable, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS websiteat: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls</wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts>.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, includingfresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to atemperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to atemperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometerthat measures internal temperature.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium thatcan cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days,on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within aweek, some develop a type of kidney failure called HUS.

This condition canoccur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years oldand older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skintone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from thenose and mouth, decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience thesesymptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (877)857-4143 for details about the recall and their return and reimbursementpolicy. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company'sspokesperson, Keith Welty, at (816) 713-8631. Additional information can befound at www.nationalbeef.com<http://www.nationalbeef.com>.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSISvirtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov<http://www.askkaren.gov/>.The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) isavailable in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages areavailable 24 hours a day.

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