The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced another food recall. The Commercial Meat Co. of Los Angeles, California is recalling 377,775 pounds of beef products due to possible E. coli contamination. The FSIS has designated this a high risk Class I recall.
The government agency reportedly detected the problem when routine monitoring confirmed a positive result for E. coli. The list of beef products that are subject to recall bear the label "EST. 4873" and include:
- 5,10,15,20,30,40,50 and 60 pound cases of bulk ground beef
- 5,10, and 20 pound cases of ground beef patties
- 10,15,20,30,40 and 50 pound cases of ground beef taco
- 5,10,15,20,25,30,40,50 and 60 pound cases of ground beef chili
The beef products were produced between 7 September 2011 and 6 October 2011 and shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada as well as a "federal establishment in California for further processing."
The recalled beef may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 which is a potentially fatal strain of Escheria coli. This bacterium can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and possible kidney failure. Those at greatest risk include the very young, elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Neither the FSIS nor Commercial Meat Company have received reports of illness associated with eating these beef products. Nonetheless, the Food Safety and Inspection Service advises people whom are concerned about illness to contact a health care provider.
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United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_080_2011_Release/index.asp
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