A Kansas slaughter firm is now recalling more than 60,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The issue was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Individuals who may have purchased the ground beef in question are advised to discard it immediately and contact a physician if food poisoning symptoms appear.
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What’s the problem?
August 12, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that National Beef Packing Co. LLC, a Dodge City, Kan., establishment, is currently recalling 60,424 pounds of ground beef that may be adultered with E. coli 0157:H7. Specific products named in this recall include:
Ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 12, 2011:
- Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 483.
- Boxes containing eight 5-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 684.
- Boxes containing twelve 3-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 782 or 785.
- Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 787.
Ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 14, 2011:
- Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 81/19 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 431.
- Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 90/10 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 471.
- Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 86/14 Fine Ground Round.” These can be identified by the product code 494.
These products can be identified with the establishment number ‘Est. 262’ within the USDA mark of inspection on the box. The ground beef was shipped to distributors nationwide for further processing and/or redistribution. The products listed above may have been repackaged into consumer-size portions and sold under different retail brand names. A traceback investigation has identified the facilities at National Beef Packing Co. to be the sole source for the positive sample product.
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps 48 hours to one week after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses can last longer and be substantially more severe. E. coli food poisoning is typically diagnosed with a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but some individuals (usually children, the elderly, or those with otherwise compromised immune systems) develop severe infection.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning can occur when food is mishandled, from improper preparation techniques, or from inadequate food storage. Outbreaks of food poisoning tend to occur at places where large amounts of food are sitting out for extended periods of time or are eaten by a large number of people. Contact between food and pests are another common source of food contamination. Food that has not been cooked thoroughly can cause food poisoning because the bacterium responsible for causing the illness has not been exposed to a high enough heat source for a long enough time to kill the bacteria. Some foods are naturally toxic, such as certain varieties of mushrooms and reef fish, while others may be contaminated with medicines or pesticides. Signs and symptoms of food poisoning may include (but are not limited to):
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- experiencing any signs of dehydration (lightheaded, dizziness, excessive thirst, or feeling faint)
- racing pulse or pounding heart
- excessive weakness or partial paralysis
- double vision
- trouble swallowing
Each year, food poisoning outbreaks are responsible for approximately eight million deaths worldwide. Elderly individuals and infants are the most susceptible to food poisoning, followed by pregnant women, individuals with weakened immune systems, and people who frequently travel outside the United States. Some types of food poisoning can be transmitted to the fetus in-utero, so pregnant women need to be very careful with what they eat.
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