Los Angeles Times
More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled after a possible E. coli contamination at a Kansas plant, but some packages may already have made their way to store shelves.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture determined the ground beef was produced by National Beef Co. on July 18 and the packages have a use by/freeze by date of Aug. 7. The meat was shipped in 40- to 60-pound cases to wholesalers, food service distributors and retailers nationwide.
No illnesses have been reported yet from eating this beef.
Here is a list of the packages of ground beef that have been voluntarily recalled by National Beef Co. They are all 10-pound packages, each with an establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection:
National Beef 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
NatureSource 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
NatureSource 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
NatureSource 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
NatureSource 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
NatureWell 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
NatureWell 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
NatureWell 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404
The E. coli contamination was found during a routine sample of a 10-pound package of ground beef by the Food Safety and Inspection Services. The FSIS confirmed a positive result for E. coli, and an investigation determined that the company was the sole supplier of the contaminated meat.
E. Coli is a bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, kidney failure in severe cases and even death.
This is the second E. coli-related recall for National Beef Co. The company recalled 23,000 pounds of ground beef in June after the bacteria was found.
The National Beef Co. has issued a statement with more information on the recall. No illnesses have been reported.