The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a massive recall of ground beef on Tuesday due to possible E. coli contamination.
Nearly 23,000 pounds of ground beef products were recalled after the contamination was found during a routine inspection by food safety regulators.
The recall is categorized as a ‘class one’, which means there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious health issues or death.
The affected products are from National Beef Packing Company, based 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?
-10-pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484?
All of the products have a use/sell date of June 14, 2013.
E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and in severe cases, kidney failure. E. coli is more dangerous for babies, seniors and people with weak immune systems.
Consumers with questions can contact the company at 877-857-4143. Additional information can also be found at nationalbeef.com.