Thousands of Pounds of Beef Recalled Because of Potential Contamination
On Tuesday, June 18th, the Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a Class I beef recall for 23,000 lbs of ground beef.
The beef is being recalled for fear that it has been contaminated with E. coli. Class I recalls are categorized as a health hazard situation in which there is a high probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The beef recall was initiated because E. coli turned up in a routine contamination test at the National Beef Packing Company.
“We are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter and are contacting our customers who have purchased this product,” National Beef Packing Company said in a statement.
The products affected by the beef recall are produced by the National Beef Packing Company in Liberal, Kansas. They 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.”
It was produced on May 25, 2013 and shipped to Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona.
The beef recall covers products that have a use/sell date of June 14th, and which were produced on May 25th.
The USDA reports that there have been no illnesses or deaths related to the beef recall. However, the FSIS has issued the recall now because it believes there may still be some beef in consumers’ freezers.
You can check with your local grocer if you are concerned that they may have sold you some of the contaminated beef. Consumers are also 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.
Beef Recall Notice May or May Not Be In Time to Stop Contagion
To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers.
Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products. A defective product lawyer can help you with an injury you may receive. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety. Defective products that commonly cause injuries include medical devices, pharmaceutical products, and other defective products such as toys, cars and automotive parts.
There are a number of reasons that defective products make it to our shelves:
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