The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of 22,737 pounds of ground National Beef Packing Co. products due to E. coli contamination fears.
The recall is categorized as "Class I:" a hazardous situation where there is a reasonable chance of serious health consequences, including death, if the product is used.
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Recalled cases of beef from National Beef in Liberal, Kan., include:
- 10 pound packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code "0481"
- 10 pound packages of "National Beef" 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code "0421"
- 10 pound packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code "0484."
All of the products have a "Use By/Sell By Date" of June 14, 2013. They were produced May 25, 2013, and shipped to various stores. FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in shoppers' freezers.
The contamination was discovered through a routine inspection by FSIS. No illnesses have been reported.
Food safety questions should be directed to "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov.
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 am to 4 pm ET Monday through Friday.
According to the FSIS, E. coli 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 most susceptible to foodborne illness. Consumers should only consume ground beef that has been cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Farenheight.
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