17 August 2011

Another beef recall due to E. coli contamination fears

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said that over 60,000 pounds of ground beef has been recalled, after an inspection at an Ohio processing plant raised suspicions of contamination by E.coli 0157:H7 bacteria.

The Kansas based company that owns the plant, National Beef Packing Co., had already shipped the recalled meat to nationwide distributors, and some of it may have found its way to a store near you. To date, the USDA and the company have received no illness reports from the possibly contaminated beef.

Winn-Dixie Stores, of Jacksonville Florida, issued their own recall alongside the National Beef recall, as some of the affected meat has been sold in its stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The sell by dates on affected meat bought in these areas is between 31st of July and August 12.

A spokesperson for Colorado Sam’s Club stores told the Colorado Springs Gazette that they have been contacting their members who may have already bought meat included in the recall.

Each box of affected beef has the establishment number “Est. 262” within the USDA inspection mark. It’s probable that the meat has already been processed further into consumer friendly packages bearing different retail brand names.

The recall was sparked by a routine microbial inspection by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, at a state-inspected facility that had bought the products for processing.

E.coli 0157:H7 is potentially life threatening to vulnerable groups, including young children, seniors and those with weak immune systems. The symptoms include diarrhea, dehydration and, in the worst cases, kidney failure.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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