According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Beef Packing Company in Liberal, Kansas has recalled approximately 50,000 pounds of meat due to a possible e.coli contamination.
The problem was discovered through routine USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product.
The beef, which was sold by the National Beef Packing Company isolated to a small group of products affecting 50,100 pounds of ground beef produced on July 18, 2013 with a use by/freeze by date of August 7, 2013. The ground beef was originally shipped in clear, 10 pound chubs and was shipped to a limited number of retailers and wholesale and food service distributors in approximately 70 lbs. boxes.
The beef recalled, carries the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products are sold as “National Beef,” “NatureSource” and “NatureWell.”
Affected products include:
- 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
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure. It is considered an adulterant in raw beef, according to USA Today.
National Beef recalled 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef on June 18, also due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7.
Neither FSIS nor the company have received reports of illness related to the recalled product, according to a press release.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers with food safety questions can call USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Beef Recall from Kansas
Beef recalled from National Beef Packing Company in Liberal, Kansas has recalled approximately 50,000 pounds of meat due to a possible e.coli contamination.