There has been a “Class I” recall by the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 on ground beef because it could be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. This includes 22,737 pounds of ground beef!
Class I means it is a health hazard situation where there is a high probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences, or death.
The recalled cases of beef were shipped from the National Beef Backing Co. in Liberal, Kansas. The contaminated cases include:
- 10 pound packages of “Nation Beef” 80/20 Course Ground Check, package code “0181”
- 10 pound packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Course Ground Beef, package code “0421”
- 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. These could be in your freezer, so be sure to check when you have stored!
Although no illnesses have been reported, there is concern there may be some in the future due to what was found during a routine inspection by FSIS.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called HUS. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at 877-857-4143 for details. Additional information can be found at nationalbeef.com.
If you have food safety questions, you 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 10 am to 4 pm ET Monday through Friday.