The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS), announced that 22,737 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears that they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The recall has been classified as a “Class I” recall: a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The cases of beef from National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kansas, 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” and 10 pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”
–The affected products have a use/sell date of June 14, 2013 and were produced on May 25, 2013 and have been shipped to diverse institutions and retail establishments and FSIS has expressed concern that some product may remain in fridges and freezers of consumer. No illnesses to date have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. The contamination was found as a result of routine inspection by FSIS. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at 877-857-4143 for details. Additional information can be found at nationalbeef.com. Consumers with food safety questions are encouraged to contact “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.