Kansas Company Recalls Ground Beef Products

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(WIBW) - A Kansas company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products over E. coli concerns.

National Beef Packing Company of Liberal, Kan. produced the meat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Wednesday.

Included in the recall are:

10 lb. chub of “National Beef” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404

The products all bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced July 18, 2013 and shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors nationwide.

So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the contamination.

Further information from the USDA:
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined National Beef Packing Co. was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

E. coli O157:H7 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.

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

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.


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