June 18th, 2013
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The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday 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 is categorized by the FSIS as "Class I": a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Recalled 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. Cases were shipped to institutions and retail establishments and FSIS has expressed concern that some product may remain in consumers' freezers.

No illnesses 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.

– Fast facts on E. coli
According to the FSIS, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers are advised to only consume ground beef that has been cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 160°F.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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An earlier version of the explanatory graphic titled Food Poisoning 101 mistakenly included a photo of eggs that bore a red “circle-P” stamp indicating that they had been pasteurized in the shell by National Pasteurized Eggs. We did not mean to suggest that this brand of eggs has contributed to food-related illnesses. We apologize for the error. Pasteurizing eggs effectively reduces the risk of contamination from bacteria that can cause diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends their use as one step that consumers can take to reduce the risk of contracting Salmonella, especially in recipes that call for the use of raw eggs.

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  1. personal training Long Island

    You had me at "The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef products are being
    recalled on fears that they may be contaminated with E. coli"

    Any body want a burger?

    January 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm |
  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Oh good god! Nothing is safe anymore, not that grain-fed meat is safe in general. Those cows are fattened up with tons of corn (GMOs, hello) and other processed garbage that makes cows sick, thus they're injected with antibiotics and then force fed some more to get nice and plump..... This is why I stick to GRASS-FED and GRASS-FINISHED beef and all red meats for that matter, might be a little more expensive, but I am willing to spend more on healthier foods NOW so that I don't have to spend more on medical bills LATER!

    August 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  3. Charles Darwin

    Headline: Check your freezer for 22737 LBS. of beef recalled.

    Geee, I didn't know my freezer would hold that many pounds of beef!

    June 20, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • PairAzz Hilton

      That's what she said !!

      June 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  4. tplvth

    Veggies are recalled because of animal waste getting into the water and ground water which is unavoidable with all the billions of animals in factory farm situations pooping all over. That is a lot of waste and no where to go. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often because the Govt/FDA/USDA/Monsanto is lying to us. Watch Earthlings Free on YOUTUBE. Get the truth and wake up! It's time!

    June 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  5. tplvth

    It's a wonder this doesn't happen more often considering the conditions in factory farming where 85% of meat comes from and all of the animal waste (poop) and slaughtering billions of cows for food it's insane! Watch the documentary Earthlings free on Youtube and get the real facts. We are being lied to by the USDA/FDA/Gov't/Monsanto. Time to wake up.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  6. herronfarms

    That is one reason, I raise what I eat......Rabbit, chicken,eggs,honey,veggys and more

    June 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  7. mel perry

    this is the worst recall notice, that the government had EVER issued, no name brands, no stores names, no idea
    of whether this was repackaged or not, , just a generic trade name, it's like they got paid off, so people wouldn't
    know what they were eating

    June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • Doug

      You can thank Republicans for that, along with some help from some Democrats.

      The passed laws making it a federal crime to reveal the very information you are thinking is important, without express written consent of meat producer.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        Better get your facts straight before posting something which makes you look silly. The law which passed only made secretly filming production without companies permission a crime, which really isn't unreasonable. Doubt you'd want a hidden camera in your home filming your most intimate details of life.

        June 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
        • me

          What about the food libel laws which make it illegal for people to say anything negative about commercial food companies. You will remember Oprah was taken to court for saying she was not eating beef anymore. Also if you watch Food Inc, you will hear an interview with the mother of a child who died because of a meat recall notice that went out too late. Etc Etc.

          June 20, 2013 at 9:05 am |
        • Doug

          You need to get your facts straight, that is just one of the laws. There are many laws. You are speaking from such ignorance.

          June 20, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Mitch

      It's entirely possible. National Beef is known for dodging the PR bullet. They will do anything or avoid negative publicity. They have deep pockets. Thye should take the iniative and release all the information regarding product names and locations.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Voter

    Another epic government fail brought to you courtesy of the Obama abomination...

    June 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Raven

      Oh I know, Ecoli outbreaks never happened before Obama. /sarcasm.

      June 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
      • Ryan

        Haha, yeah no kidding. Oh well, there's always one republi-tard in the group.

        June 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Doug

      This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Obama admin, in fact it has everything to do with Republicans and some of their Democrat friends who prevent any food safety laws.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        still wrong

        June 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
    • Carnivorous Consumer

      "The contamination was found as a result of routine inspection by FSIS."

      How is that an epic failure by the government???

      June 20, 2013 at 7:23 am |
  9. jamianis

    good thing I only eat extra lean beef.

    June 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Jez

      Gross. Its still a dead animal.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  10. newscale62

    Red meat keeps our ballooning health care costs in a profit zone, and keeps us unhealthy (we eat 166 lbs a year per person in the U.S.

    June 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Nichole

      Another reason I'm a vegetarian :)

      June 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
      • Jez

        I'm with you, only I'm Vegan – for 9 years, and veggie for 13 years prior. There is just too much cruelty in meat.

        June 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
        • Homer


          June 20, 2013 at 7:25 am |
        • Edwin

          So what level of cruelty is acceptable to you? Your life is brought to you at the expense of several others. Plants are living things too, you know.

          June 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
      • bob

        There have been many more recalls for vegetables with e-coli than for any meat product so being "vegetarian" doesn't really help much. Besides vegetarian is a very old Indian name, it means poor hunter...

        June 20, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  11. Dssman

    When will Americans demand that their food not kill them because of processors not doing their main function of giving us uncontaminated food. Companies try and minimize costs and one of those cost cuts is in food safety. Companies then say it is the cost of doing business and include it in their business plans. In the mean time it's your life that is at stake/

    June 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      How many processing plants have you toured in your life? As someone very inolved in the processing industry, I can assure you companies don't intentionally cut corners as a food recall doesn't benefit them and can put them out of businnss. We spend millions each year in safety measures to ensure the quality of our product and fortunately, we've never had any issue: however, one slip up anywhere in the chain and an incident can happen.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Doug

        I highly doubt you do any real work in the industry, because you know nothing about the laws that govern meat safety.

        June 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
        • Edwin

          I was about to send you a well thought out rebuttal, but after seeing your other comments in this thread it's obvious you're not looking to be taken seriously.

          June 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  12. Jay David

    We haven't eaten beef for years.
    With all the chemicals in beef, with the almost complete lack of government oversight, and with the way beef ranchers have destroyed the environment, why would anyone eat beef?
    Beef sucks!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
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