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

More on food poisoning from CNN Health and all foodborne illness coverage on Eatocracy

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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. JLC

    My daughters wish I could recall most of my beefs.

    June 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  2. Liz Watkins

    Reblogged this on Distorted Eight.

    June 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Green Onion

      Oh good, we don't have to worry about it anymore.

      June 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  3. bs1

    Let's see, they are recalling 22,737# of ground beef, most of which has already been consumed and none of which has produced any reports of illness... What's wrong with this picture?

    June 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Future Boy

    Waitin' around for that food replicator from Star Trek: TNG.....then I don't have to worry about germs, food recalls, refrigeration or even have to go buy food from the market.

    June 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • CBM

      Mind if I join you in line for the food replicator? I have a weak immune system as it is and don't need germs from food on top of everything else!

      June 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • veggiedude

      "We no longer enslave animals for food purposes" – Commander Riker to alien Ambassador

      June 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        lol....why are you stealing the food from animals?

        June 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      When we get them, you know that also means we have holo-technology? I'll be paying a visit to the Bunny Ranch that day.

      Computer, begin program "Romper Room 69". Initialization code MeganFoxMileyCyrus.


      Thank you, computer. Thank you.

      June 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • Sir Biddle

        THIS is the humor that keeps me coming back! BRAVO!!!!

        June 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • timstroud

        "Computer, begin program "Romper Room 69". Initialization code MeganFoxMileyCyrus."

        Seriously? That is the best you could do?

        June 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
        • *

          You must be related to the humorless, Lord Voldemort.

          June 20, 2013 at 9:02 am |
  5. Rubens Hermont Camelo

    We need to recall Dilma Roussef, here in Brazil. You know... She has E. coli, probably. Sorry about this. Don't come to the world cup.

    June 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Inciteful

    "Check your fridge: Huge beef recall"
    To CNN headline writers: 23,000 pounds of beef is NOT HUGE! In the whole scheme of things, this quantity is infinitesimal.

    June 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • peridot2

      It's a huge recall as opposed to a 300 lb beef recall. Everything is relative and your view is a quibble.

      June 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • calamity jane

      If you read Toxin by Robin Cook, you will see that an infinitessimal amount of this beef can do damage. It's real and it can kill in a merciless way. I would not eat red meat on a dare after reading that book.

      June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        You do realize there are more recalls on vegetables due to e-coli then red meat don't you? Ever wonder why that doesn't get press coverage?

        June 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
      • Homer

        Yes, I also make major life and health decisions based on things I learn from works of techno-thriller fiction. Robin Cook saved my life by letting me know that I should only have surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia. You wouldn't want to wind up in a Coma.

        June 20, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      FSIS is worried that the meat is still in people's freezers. That's a pretty big deal.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  7. spencercourt

    When is was announced that Smithfield was going to be sold to a Chinese company, all the jingoists bellowed that they wouldn't buy Smithfield any more because China cannot be trusted to produce safe food. Well, you can't trust American companies to produce safe food either.....

    June 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      My question again.....how many plants have you toured in your life?

      June 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
      • spencercourt

        My best friend's father was GM of an Armour plant where beef, chickens, and pigs were slaughtered and processed. How about you?

        June 20, 2013 at 9:06 am |
      • spencercourt

        And yes, I toured it. So now I'm an expert, right? Putang ina mo!

        June 20, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  8. Snoopy

    Vegans that are vegans on the basis of ethical concerns, not necessarily dietary concerns:

    If you are at a dinner party and you are served a plate with meet on it, and it is the only meal available, and it will be thrown away if you don't eat it, aren't you ethically compelled to eat it? You aren't saving a dead animal by throwing it into the trash. Obviously I understand that actually buying the meat from a store influences supply/demand so that would be wrong, but if that has already been done, and it has been cooked and that can't be rectified, and it will be discarded if not eaten, isn't it ethically the right thing to do to eat it rather than to let it go to waste? Especially considering fasting while waiting for another vegan meal would mean that you are putting a greater dent in the delicate balance of the food chain by removing more plants from the equation?

    June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Jethro

      First off, vegans don't eat meat products for a variety of reasons. Preventing the suffering of animals is one reason. Another is the fact that meat consumption puts tremendous stress of the environment. Another is for health reasons.

      You are overlooking the political aspect of veganism. In your hypothetical, not eating meat would be akin to an act of civil disobedience. Individual choices have effects beyond immediate ones. You could inspire others to not eat meat, or at least to consider the decision to not eat meat. If everyone felt that their political decisions were meaningless on the individual level, there would be no basis for collective action.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
      • Bonnie

        I am not a vegan at all. I don't agree with what they say, but I have a lot of respect for people who live that way. Either way, I appreciate your willingness to clear that up for people who are ignorant of the several components of being a vegan. Often people cannot see the big picture. Thank you for doing that in a classy and professional manner.

        June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • peridot2

      My husband avoids meat for health reasons. He dislikes animal cruelty but he refuses to eat meat because it causes *him* health issues. Your example makes no difference to him. He'll bring his own food if it's a problem to the hostess of a party.

      June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • Snoopy

        Well, if you'd look at my first line, i distinctly stated that I wasn't interested in 'vegan for health' responses, because obviously they wouldn't eat it. I am interested in 'ethical' vegans.

        June 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Green Onion

      On an ethical basis, vegans need to remember that Elmer Fudd is the symbol of veganism, relentlessly killing the varmints who want to eat his cawwots. When everyone goes vegan, we will have to kill every animal including pets and move our homes underground so we can use every inch of land to grow veggies. Then we veggies will just kill you off with salmonella and inherit a green world.

      June 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  9. adam

    Snoopy- Faulty logic. Of course you should be mocked if you only ate animal products, you would be living an extremely unhealthy lifestyle. It is possible to eat only a plant-based diet and be healthy. There is a big difference.

    June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Snoopy


      We aren't omnivorous by accident. I don't have both molars and canines to eat only one or the other.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
      • Jethro

        Our ancestors didn't have year-round produce, among other things.

        June 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  10. Doug

    You know what is scary, how this recall is 100% voluntary. If this company wanted to they could refuse to recall and block any attempt to warn the public about the contaminated meat. The only reason we know about this and are being warned is because the company decided this time to put people over profit. They could have easily put profit first and allowed people to eat the contaminated product. They would be immune to any liability.

    June 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Doug

      My mistake looks like they put profit first, they waited until after it was expired to warn the public. Time for us to change the law.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • Snoopy

      All voluntary recalls are about profit.

      If the cost of the lawsuits are less than the cost of the recall, they won't recall anything.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
      • Doug

        They are immune from such lawsuits. Clearly here it was profit as they waited until after the meat was already expired to warn people.

        June 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
        • Snoopy

          No, because they didn't realize until now.

          They aren't protected from lawsuits.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
        • Doug

          Actually they are protected.

          They are protected also because it is a federal crime to warn anyone about contaminated meat products without approval of the company. Without peoples knowledge of contamination their is no way for them to sue. We have no proof they didn't find out until now, because such information is protected. It is again a federal crime for anyone to divulge such information without the companies approval.

          There are also multiple protections against lawsuits in federal law for these companies.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      You know absolutely nothing about the meat industry and are looking more like an id0t post by post.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
      • Doug

        You are the one who knows nothing about the meat industry. Get a clue, and some education. You are truly an idiot.

        June 20, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  11. Yooper

    Folks, today we are told about a recall on meat that had an expire date of FIVE days ago. A level 1 contamination means there are people who are sick, but have no idea what caused it, because they ate this stuff weeks ago. We hear the same story, same sequence of events, same results......nothing changes.
    The Feds and Beef industry will not change the law, nor their practices that nearly remove any chance of liability. So the solution is only ...STOP buying meat from the grocery, fast food , and other big commerical businesses, Buy local or go without for a couple of months. Let them sit on tons of rotting product....then things will change.

    June 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • pam


      June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • calamity jane

      I'm with you on that idea. In fact I think the cattle industry and the FDA and USDA are all in bed together. Nobody cares that people die on account of their contaminated food. Read what happens when they slaughter animals in these factories. Everything you know currently about it doesn't even touch how badly it's done. Nobody ever died from not eating beef. Some people should try it. As a bonus, your cholesterol levels and your weight might even go down. Who is to know?

      June 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        A I posted above, there are more recalls on vegetables and fruits due to e-coli than beef.....kind of makes your point mute

        June 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
        • RC

          Moot. The word is moot.

          June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am |
        • Q-Tip

          I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

          June 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  12. Antonio666

    "Check your freezer." – Didn't have to. Vegetarian. Makes a whole lot of sense too – doesn't it.

    June 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • NO

      Not when you want a steak it doesn't. I've got these sharp pointy teeth for a reason.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Snoopy

      I'll remind you that the bulk of contamination recalls come from plants.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
      • Jethro

        .....but the recall of plants is usually related to fertilizer derived from animal waste.

        June 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • wolf

      Yeah because we don't have a spinach, lettuce or other produce related recall almost monthly...oh wait, we do. If you're gonna be an annoying vegan and, apparently devil lover, then get your facts straight. Vegetarians and vegans have a great moralistic ideology but your smugness about it almost makes me enjoy my meat more.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • Logic


      June 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • peridot2

      Antonio, are you boasting or complaining? It's difficult to tell from your post...

      June 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  13. Sam

    One thing: Food Inc. The documentary, I didn't go vegetarian I just changed where I bought my meat products.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • careful_reader

      I did the same thing. Another good documentary to watch is Our Daily Bread.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  14. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Hey Vegans, if you care about animals so much, stop eating all their food.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  15. John

    Huge? Hardly. Less than 50 butchered animals.

    No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products.

    Move on. Nothing of substance to see here.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      But the meat is likely still in people's freezers. Hence the concern.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Mitch

    This company sucks. Been to this plant. It is dirty and no surprise to me. Walmart even dumped them os a supplier. If Walmart won't do business with you............just sayin.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • peridot2

      No more will I buy meat at WallyWorld. It tasted bad, had bone bits in it and was generally poor quality. Now we shop at Publix or Wynn Dixie. They have much better meats, higher quality and better taste. The only thing I'll buy at WallyWorld these days is chicken breast and that's if I'm in a hurry. Cheaper isn't equal. You get what you pay for and WW suxx.

      June 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  17. SixDegrees

    "The affected products have a use/sell date of June 14, 2013 and were produced on May 25, 2013."

    Kinda late then.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • swohio

      Yeah, really – my thoughts exactly. It would also help to know exactly which states received the ground beef, and where it was sold. I'd hate to toss the stuff I have in my freezer, only to find out it wasn't part of the recalled product.

      June 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  18. Green Onion

    Watch out for me. I've killed people.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  19. JMejia

    This is crazy....I live in this town and they closed most of the factory down yesterday...I was wondering what happened. What's even worse is how many of the hundreds (if not thousands) of workers take home a lot of the beef from here on Fridays....

    June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  20. V

    Reblogged this on My life on Random.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Green Onion

      Oh, well, that's taken care of, I guess.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  21. Me

    anyone who trusts the FDA to do "their job" with thoroughness and integrity isn't paying attention

    June 19, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Doug

      The government doesn't inspect meat for contamination. This has nothing to do with the government.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  22. Snoopy

    ATTN Vegans:

    In the last months, there have been recalls for pathogenic contamination on:

    Sunflower seeds
    Organic cherry tomatoes
    Frozen berry mixes
    Thai Peppers

    This is the first meat recall in that time period.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • Green Onion

      The canteloupes and I will get you.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Marie

      Oh and don't forget the ongoing recalls of dog food in this country. Seems nobody is doing their job.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am |
  23. Patrish

    Well, we've been told time and again, red meat (beef) is not good for us. So eat it at your own risk. And now type diabetics is listed in the risk. Our digestive track, juices and teeth show we weren't originally meat eaters, but human do what they want and then whine about the consequences later.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • unclefcr

      Refer to "In search of the perfect human diet"


      June 19, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  24. capnmike

    If we want burgers, we use our grinder (a $39 investment at Big Lots) and grind fresh beef...MUCH less fat, and less danger. We NEVER buy pre-packaged stuff...who knows who sneezed into it!

    June 19, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • timstroud

      Good call! We bought a grinder attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer years ago. We use it for every dish that gets ground meat, we even make our own sausage with it that way we control the fat content and what seasonings go into our dishes.

      June 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  25. gringoBob

    OMG! Liberal, Kansas! I didn't think there was ANYTHING "liberal" about Kansas, anywhere, anyhow.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  26. Estoppel

    If you consume meat in any form and get sick, it is your own fault. Anything other than a completely vegan diet is insane.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Eric

      That is pure ignorance. It's the very reason why vegans and such supplement vitamins...you can only get them in red meat. Any diet that doesn't give you what you NEED is an complete diet. Sorry.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:56 am |
      • Eric

        read: INCOMPLETE

        June 19, 2013 at 10:56 am |
      • adam

        Eric, you do know that your statement is complete and utter nonsense, right. Red meat is not necessary to be consumed, otherwise half of he planet's population wouldn't be alive.

        June 19, 2013 at 11:01 am |
        • unclefcr

          Statistics or references please. Red meat is not necessarily beef. Goat,sheep,certain game animals, etc. is what a lot of people across the globe augment their diets with. Yes we eat to much red meat period, but a lot of our health issues are also caused by processed wheat and corn products. A heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables is what we really need as the foundation of our diet, but perhaps not be the sole source of our nutrients.

          June 19, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • Patrish

        Well then why do vegetarians live longer, and have less heart and artery issues? Seems like they are doing just fine without the 'vitamins' you seem to be worried about.

        June 19, 2013 at 11:04 am |
        • becasue

          It is not a health correlation from them being vegan or vegetarian,A higher percent of vegans and vegetarians live healthier lifestyles on average than non vegans and non vegetarians, which leads to the longer life expectancy. But I'm sure you researched that before going vegan for vegetarian for the health reasons, right?

          June 20, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • smartaz

      I agree. I eat vegans because I trust what they put in their bodies.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • americanjello

      lol vegans are delusional. enjoy your nutrient deficiencies such as calcium, iron, zync, B12 and omega 3s.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Kate

      And raw sprouts have never been implicated in an E. coli outbreak?

      June 19, 2013 at 11:07 am |
      • Raw Sprouts

        I plead the Fifth Amendment. You can't make me tell.

        June 19, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Hawaiian Wahine

      Yeah, that must explain why so many hard core vegans look like war refugees. And pop supplements by the handfuls.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • Green Onion

      Buddy, you'd be safer eating a goat than you'd be messing with me.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  27. vatoloke

    Why I stick to fresh butcher ground pure Black Angus chuck and chili grind burger meat.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  28. Primal 4 Life

    Local , grass fed and finished, non feed lot, beef is the only beef worth buying. It is superior in every possible way.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  29. JRNY

    No meat in my fridge. Vegan here, so I don't have to worry about meat recalls. And how weird is that anyhow? Meet recalls? Really?

    June 19, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • nepawoods

      I don't eat undercooked factory-ground beef, so I don't have to worry either. But veggies are often contaminated. Do you cook your lettuce?

      June 19, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Eric

      You do realize they recall spinach and veggies too right???

      June 19, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • ghfdsb@bgrf.com

      really now... good luck cooking you contaminated salad. vegetables get feces and urine in them all the time, including human feces. sometimes i wonder how vegans can be so ignorant. they will be all killed off by the next batch of contaminated sprouts.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Snoopy

      How do you know if someone is a vegan?

      Don't worry, they'll tell you.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:11 am |
      • adam

        Right, because there aren't endless bacon memes on the internet.

        June 19, 2013 at 11:48 am |
        • Snoopy

          As jokes.

          Vegans themselves are a joke, so I guess you are right about that.

          I don't ever see somebody say "Sorry, I can't eat that salad, I'm a megan"

          June 19, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • adam

          I don't care about the bacon memes or any other meat that people eat (I don't have to eat it), really, but to say that meat eaters don't talk about what they eat is ridiculous.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
        • adam

          Snoopy- you seem to represent that small percentage of meat-eaters who seem threatened enough by vegetarians/vegans to mock them. I never have understood that. In what way is eating healthy a joke? I am a vegetarian, not a vegan, by the way, so I wasn't actually he target of your comment.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
        • Snoopy

          Yeah, the difference being,

          I eat both plant and animal products.

          I don't only eat animal products. If i claimed to, and did say "Sorry, I can't eat that salad, it is against my diet", then I would be a right fool and hopefully would be made fun of.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
        • Tree hugging, bunny h@mping vegan

          Most people who eat a balanced diet usually don't even notice what others eat. Vegans on the other hand, act like they are on one continual membership drive.

          June 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Green Onion

      Me and my salmonella canteloupes are laffing at you right now.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  30. Kristi

    And yet, again, another reason why meat is gross. *full body shiver*. Although a person can contract E.coli from veggies, it's not as common. I don't think meat eaters are necessisarily unethical (unless the animals are treated unethically), but seeing things like this make me decide to eat only veggies.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • nepawoods

      It's only a problem in ground meat. Any E. coli on whole cuts of meat is on the surface only, and is killed by cooking. A rare steak is fine, because the surface is cooked.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • Eric

      Do you supplement any vitamins or anything?

      June 19, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • D. Mustaine

      It's not as common? It seems to me that veggies are recalled far more often than meat. Also, there is probably less risk with meat since it is more likely to be cooked prior to consumption than vegetables.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • kondorky

      Meat is freakin' awesome! You are missing out!

      June 19, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  31. claytonjames1

    And that was found during a random test. How much disease does this insidious industry churn out without these warnings?

    June 19, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  32. Bookldy209

    Buy locally. Buy ranch raised. Nutritionally as well as the danger of the toxins you introduce to your family, there's no real value in larger packaging. And if you can handle it, rent Moore's "Food, Inc." You'll never again look at big chain grocery stores or outlets the same.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • bs1

      Yep, everyone can and should spend 3X as much to buy botique foods, brilliant. The problem with that simple minded idea is that 1. A large percentage of people barely afford to put food on the table now and would starve or need government aid to pay the 3X price, and 2. The botique food producers couldn't match the supply requirements without expanding to be just as large as the current producers and thus would have the same issues.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:49 am |
      • Eric

        Actually they ARE paying high prices in their tax dollars are being spent to MAKE the meat cheap, ie corn subsidies. People just don't see it up front and therefore are fooled into thinking what they're buying is cheap.

        June 19, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  33. nepawoods

    It's simple: Don't eat undercooked factory-ground beef. Whole cuts eaten raw or cooked are fine. Whole cuts ground at home, eaten raw or cooked, are fine. Factory-ground, adequately cooked (but not undercooked), is fine.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • jerusko

      1 more tip:

      Background checks for beef

      June 19, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  34. juice

    The use date was June 14. Today is the 19th. Thanks for the warning.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • YeahRight

      I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • John Q. Taxpayer

      I agree!! I'm glad all us taxpayers still fund the government offices who are there to protect us...great job...not!!

      June 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • T. Bagher@John Q.

        Bbbbbbut I cannot be expected to pay for the costs of gov't. I know, let's gut all departments like this, then I can complain.

        June 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  35. AbsolutXero

    Once I saw it was 80/20 beef, I knew it was okay. That's the bottom of the barrel, most unhealthy chunks of crap anyone could buy. If that's what you are feeding your family, it's going to kill them eventually, even without the e coli.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Snoopy

      Yeah, eating a hamburger every once in a while is literally the worst thing you can do to your body.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Andrew

      I see factory ground beef in 73/27 all the time. THAT is the bottom of the barrel. 80/20 is perfect for hamburgers. Anything leaner than 85/15 for a hamburger and you might as well eat a dried turd.. or a boca burger

      June 19, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  36. Joni

    Buy from the local butcher. Then you know what you are buying. Don't have to worry about additives and nasty bugs.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  37. us_1776

    No more animal slabs for me.

    Learned to eat vegetarian and lovin' it.


    June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • David Sussman

      Yep, this is the solution! Veggie all the way!

      June 19, 2013 at 10:19 am |
      • Larry

        LOL, yeah because there haven't been any cases where veggies were recalled and killed people, My favorite food chain went belly up because of little green onions that were tainted and caused people to get sick across the country.

        The problem is with the greedy companies wanting more and more profits so the cut corners.

        June 19, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Kidder

      Right, because there haven't been any cases of vegetables or fruit contamined with e. coli or other bacteria. What do you think put Chi Chi's restaurants out of business years ago?

      June 19, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • Green Onion

        Good old Chi-Chi's! I was really knockin' 'em dead that day! Thanks, it's nice when someone remembers your 'glory days.'

        June 19, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Daddy24/7

      a dumb comment. Dint Spinach had the same scare last year. quit bashing and get a life.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:23 am |
      • nepawoods

        Spinach, strawberries, you name it.

        June 19, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Shingdao

      Newsflash for all you vegetarians...In recent years, E. coli O157:H7 has been identified in outbreaks of food-borne illness linked to fresh produce.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Mark

      My girlfriend and I ate at a Brazilian steakhouse last night. You know, the ones where they keep bringing steak out until you've had enough. It was pure awesomeness.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  38. Anna Fisher

    Go veg! 1 <3

    June 19, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  39. Kzooresident

    No need to check my fridge or freezer.

    Buy local from a farmer you know and you can ignore stories like these.

    Ever been to a commercial beef, pork or poultry "farm"? And they say hunting is cruel...

    June 19, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • Daddy24/7

      I dont want the pay the ridiculous local farmer prices with no proof of how he is raising the animals. $2.,99/LB at Shoprite/Wegmans against $6.99/LB local farmer, i ll stick with the big grocers.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • ghfdsb@bgrf.com

      scary how some people trust nasty factory meat more than naturally raised heaven. buy real meat so you know what it is supposed to taste like. juicy, flavorful, creamy beef is only purchased from local sources. my university raises cows the right way and everyone around here buys that meat including local burger places. best burger for cheap. awful awful burgers all the way.

      June 19, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  40. OU812IC

    Huge recall Please
    22,000 lbs. that's like the meat from 22 cows less than are slaughtered every second in the U.S.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  41. Curious

    For recalls such as this, they should use that Emergency Alert System that they send AMBER alerts through to my phone for all those possibly impacted. Safety over convenience is what I'd have to tell myself whenever I hear it go off while I'm dead asleep.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  42. Jen

    This article should be listing the states it was sent to!!!

    June 19, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Doug

      That is against the law. The law protects the meat industry and allows them to send poison to us, we have no way of knowing were, and no way of stopping them.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  43. hawkechik

    I can't think that I've ever bought a pre-packaged chub. Are they actually that much cheaper than in-store ground beef?

    June 19, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  44. LynnAnn

    Me and my family always pray and ask the Lord to bless our food so no need to worry about the recall. You all should do the same.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • This lady be cray

      Only complete idiots would believe that praying will rid food of harmful bacteria and organisms. You should honestly be thrown in jail for a mentality that could harm your own family.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Kzooresident

      The Lord gave you a brain so you would use it. Stop insulting him through ignorance.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Ed G.

      Well golllllly! You been prayin'? Them durn scientists are the devil's spawn!

      June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • AbsolutXero

      It's amazing how many people still can't pick up on sarcasm.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • nepawoods

      Or cook it.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  45. ktappe

    Cooking beef thoroughly kills e coli. Order your steak rare but never your hamburger.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • TahoePadreFan

      Actually any meat product can get contaminated, it doesn't matter if it is ground beef or a cut steak. The only sure way to make sure that you dont get sick is to cook your meats to the bacteria kill zone temperature of 165 degrees. (although most beef & pork products will reach a kill zone temp at 155).

      June 19, 2013 at 10:23 am |
      • Old Enough

        Steaks and Chops have a better chance of not having the bacteria inside the meat. Usually on the surface of the steak because the inside for the meat is undisturbed. Take Ground Beef... Beef is ground and fat is added during the grinding process to get the percentage they want. If the burger has ant e-coli at all it will be inside the meat as well as on the outside. A Medium rare steak is less likely to kill you tan a medium rare burger.

        June 19, 2013 at 10:31 am |
  46. joe

    Just like CNN to show a picture of EGGS during a BEEF recall.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • vpkwriter

      Haha! That is hilarious!

      June 19, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • ll

      "Check yer fridge. Huuuuuuuuuge Beef recall. Might be in yer eggs and all kinds of beef and hotdogs...

      (fineprint after the click to increase ad rates slideshow: Just limited to a brand name of packaged ground beef sold in bulk – the brand name nobody has never heard of before.)

      June 19, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      If you click through the gallery, you'll see that it's about all different kinds of food safety – salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and deals with eggs, meat, vegetables and more. We trust that our readers are clever enough to be slightly non-linear in their pursuit of knowledge.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • joe

        It's your newspaper, do what you want with it. You certainly are non-linear about the way you publish stories. I suppose you'd be the one to make the call about picturing an SUV during an article about boats. They're obviously both means of transportation, so I'm sure your "readers" would make the connection.

        June 19, 2013 at 9:55 am |
        • Seating Host@Joe

          Jo? A bitter and hateful party of one? Your table for one is ready in the STFU café...

          June 19, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Ken M

      Just like you pedantic idiots to not read. The slideshow is about food poisoning and food borne illnesses.
      While you are focusing your considerable brain power (sarcasm) on the eggs which addresses salmonella you apparently missed slide 3 which addresses E. coli and it's relation to beef.

      ...buy yeah, enjoy yourself and your kneejerk media bashing.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • Boo

      See the arrow on the right? Click on it. Who's the dummy now?

      June 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  47. svann

    Beef is so dangerous – you should eat fruits. Oh wait..

    June 19, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  48. RichardHead

    Thank You for posting this.....May I also say it is Chubs or Rolls prepackaged in 10 lb. packs. My concern is these Chubs were sent to Military Installations,plus Institutions and Retail Establishments. A Class 1 Recall is Very Heavy.....From my research this Company uses only one transportation carrier for Delivery.

    June 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • RichardHead@Kat

      The NationalBeef.com Linky NO Worky. Thanks. Good Job.

      June 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
      • Kat Kinsman

        The site is getting slammed right now, so it's up and down. www version works, but without is dicey.

        June 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      It's also more than previous recalls. I was looking back at past ones and the were a few thousand pounds. This is...rather more sizable. Hope people see this and check the #s on the packs.

      June 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • Southerner01

        Luckily I don't buy that cheap prepackaged ground beef, and have never bought beef 10 pounds at once, so I don't even have to look.

        June 19, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • Old Enough

      Do Grocery stores buy the chubs and repackage them into smaller amounts?

      June 19, 2013 at 10:38 am |
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