Recalls

Ground beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

A Southern California meat-packing firm has recalled approximately 864,000 pounds of ground-beef that may have been contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture¹s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS has classified the action as a Class 1 recall, presenting the highest potential for human injury or death. E. Coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that poses the greatest risk to the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. To date, the FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

The recall includes all ground beef products produced by Huntington Meat Packing Inc., between January 5, 2010 and January 15, 2010, and include the following:

  • 40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

During its investigation, FSIS also determined additional Huntington Meat Packing Inc., products produced and shipped in 2008 may have been contaminated with E. coli as well. Those products were produced between February 19, 2008 and May 15, 2008, and include the following:

  • 40 lb. boxes of “Huntington Meats Ground Beef”
  • 40 lb. boxes of ” HUNTINGTON MEAT PKG. INC. BEEF GROUND FOR FURTHER PROCESSING”
  • 40 lb. boxes of “BEEF BURRITO FILLING MIX”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 20 lb. boxes of “IMPERIAL MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTY”
  • 10 lb. boxes of “El Rancho MEAT & PROVISION ALL BEEF PATTIES”

While the products are normally used fresh, FSIS is taking this action out of concern that the product may still be frozen and in commerce.

Consumers are urged to follow safe food handling and preparation practices.
For information, visit the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at www.fsis.usda.gov.