The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Tyson Fresh Meats, a Nebraska meatpacking establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall posing a high risk to public health.
The beef products subject to the recall are 10-pound chubs of "CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20" which are packed in cases contain eight chubs. They also have a "BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY" date of "11/13/11" and bear the box label "EST. 245C".
According to the FSIS, the beef products were shipped to institutions and distributors in sixteen states including
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
The Food Safety and Inspection service discovered the problem through routine monitoring, the federal agency says in its press release. Although there is positive confirmation of a positive result for E. coli 0157:H7, neither the FSIS nor Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. have received reports of illnesses due to eating the beef products.
Recalled Beef Could Be Tainted With E. Coli
The beef products are being recalled because they might have been contaminated with Escheria coli. E.coli is a bacterium that normally resides in the colon, but it becomes potentially lethal if consumed. The bacteria is known to cause the following problems:
- bloody diarrhea
- kidney failure in the most severe cases
According to government officials, people most susceptible to foodborne illness of are the very young, senior citizens and persons with weakened immune systems. The agency advises that people with a concern about illness should contact a health care professional.
The USDA says that consumer with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. at (866) 328 -3156.
Take Safety Precautions To Protect Yourself and Your Family
The FSIS recommends that consumers properly prepare raw meat products including fresh and frozen meats, only consume meats that have been thoroughly cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
Cooking your food is very important because high temperatures can destroy organic molecules - proteins, fats, carbohydrates and nucleic acids - thus killing the bacteria. When you thoroughly cook your meats, you'll be killing the germs that are living on the meat.
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Nebraska Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination. Food Safety and Inspection Service. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_101_2011_Release/index.asp
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