National Beef Packing Company, based in Liberal, Kan., has recalled 50,100 pounds of ground beef products distributed nationwide due to possible contamination with E.coli O157:H7. The products were produced on July 18, 2013, and shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors. No illnesses have been reported at this time.
The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). All recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following products are subject to the recall:
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
According to the USDA recall notice, E.coli O157:H7 is a “potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.” People most at risk from foodborne illness are the young, elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
The FSIS discovered the contamination during routine monitoring, when it confirmed a positive result for the E.coli O157:H7. National Beef Packing Co. was determined to be the only supply of the source materials used to produce the affected products.
The FSIS advises consumers to safely prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit using a food thermometer to guarantee the temperature. Consumers are advised to wash their hands before and after handling raw meat with hot water and soap.
For details about the recall and the company’s return and reimbursement policy, consumers may contact National Beef Packing Company at 1-866-761-9472 or visit www.nationalbeef.com.
Consumers with other food safety questions may contact the FSIS through its “Ask Karen” virtual representative 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or on their smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. There is a toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry hotline available at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.