December 29, 2009

Another massive beef recall follows suspected E. Coli

AP is reporting another Class I recall of about 248,000 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E. Coli bacteria. According to National Steak and Poultry, the processor, the recalled meat could be linked to illnesses in six states. The E. Coli strain involved is apparently one that has caused large-scale outbreaks of life-threatening illness via contaminated food and water. A similar recall involving processor Fairbank Farms was issued earlier in 2009

A Class I recall is issued in only the most serious cases of risk of personal injury or death. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) describes the E. Coli strain that may be contaminating the recalled meat as “a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.” FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The government agency notes that the only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

If you have yet adopted a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you should be aware that the meat recall includes the following products:

National Steak and Poultry Recalled Meat Products

  • 4-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68408.”
  • 6-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SP680608.”
  • 8-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68808”
  • 9-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68908.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF TIPS,” with an identifying case code of “69108.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK” with an identifying case code of “XXSP68008.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY SAVORY SIRLOIN TIPS” with an identifying case code of “XX69008.”
  • 5-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BACON WRAPPED BEEF FILLET,” with an identifying case code of “23508.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY USDA SELECT BEEF SHOULDER MARINATED TENDER MEDALLIONS” with an identifying case code of “23289.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY 75% BONELESS BEEF TRIMMINGS,” with an identifying case code of “33575.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF TRIMMINGS,” with an identifying case code of “36545.”
  • “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF SIRLOIN PHILLY STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “88008.”
  • 4-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680425.”
  • 7-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “69725.”
  • 9-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680925.”
  • 7-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680715.”
  • 9-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680915.”
  • 12-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680215.”
  • 8-ounce “CARINO’S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “130874.”
  • “CARINO’S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK PIECES,” with an identifying case code of “13074.”
  • “MOE’S BEEF STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “78027.”

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection, respective case codes cited above, and packaging dates of “10/12/2009,” “10/13/2009,” “10/14/2009,” or “10/21/2009.” These products were shipped to restaurants nationwide.

Fairbank Farms Recalled Meat Products

Trader Joes

  • 1-pound packages of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 85/15.”
  • 1-pound packages of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 80/20.” NOTE: The sell-by dates for the above two products may be October 6 or 7, 2009.
  • 1-pound trays of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 96/4 EXTRA LEAN.”
  • 1-pound trays of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15.”

Price Chopper

  • 1- and 2.5-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”
  • 1-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4.”
  • 1-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK FOR CHILI 80% LEAN 20% FAT.”

Lancaster and Wild Harvest

  • 1-pound trays of “LANCASTER BRAND 96/4 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF.”
  • 1- and 2-pound trays of “LANCASTER BRAND 90/10 GROUND BEEF.”
  • 1-pound trays of “WILD HARVEST NATURAL 85/15 ANGUS GROUND BEEF.”

Shaw’s

  • 1- and 2-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 93/7.”
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 80/20.”
  • 1- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 75/25.”
  • 1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN BEEF PATTIES 90/10.”
  • 1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15.”
  • 1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80/20.”
  • 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES FAMILY PACK 80/20.”
  • 1-pound trays of “SHAW’S ANGUS GROUND BEEF 85/15.”
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF 85/15.”
  • 1-pound trays of “SHAW’S 90% NATURAL GROUND BEEF.”
  • 1-pound trays of “SHAW’S 85% NATURAL GROUND BEEF.”
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN 90/10.”
  • 1-pound trays of “MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

BJ’s

  • 5-pound trays of “FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 15 % FAT” patties.
  • 3- and 5-pound trays of “LEAN GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 7% FAT.”
  • 2.5-pound trays of “MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

Ford Brothers

  • 3-pound trays of “FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT” patties.

Giant

  • 1-pound trays of “GIANT EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4.”
  • 1-pound trays of “GIANT MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”
  • 1-pound trays of “GIANT NATURE’S PROMISE GROUND BEEF.”
  • 1-pound trays of “GIANT NATURE’S PROMISE GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”

Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 492″ inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the nutrition label. These products were packaged on September 15 and 16, 2009, and may have been labeled at the retail stores with a sell-by date from September 19 through 28, 2009, unless otherwise noted above. Consumers should ask at their point of purchase if the products they have are subject to recall.

If you or loved ones have symptoms of E. Coli infection after consuming meat products, Portland Oregon personal injury lawyer and animal law attorney Dane E. Johnson can assess whether you may have a legal claim. We are also happy to provide free information on switching to a vegan diet. Contact us toll free for a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation at (800) 714-3204 or online.

Related Web Resources
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Press Release, Oklahoma Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination (Dec. 24, 2009).
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Press Release, New York Firm Recalls Fresh Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination (Oct. 31, 2009).

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