The Alabama Department
of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors are conducting
recall effectiveness checks on packages of ground beef due to possible E.
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced
that the National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kansas,
establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef
products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
All these products have a "USE BY/SELL BY DATE" of June
14, 2013, and bear the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark of
The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to
various institutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas,
Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri,
Arkansas, Alabama and Arizona. FSIS and the establishment are concerned
that some product may be frozen and in shoppers' freezers.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including
fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a
temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a
temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer
that measures internal temperature.
WHAT IS E. COLI?
E. coli O157:H7 is a
potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and
abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the
organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of
kidney failure called HUS. This condition can occur among persons of any age
but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults.
HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and
irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth,
decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience these symptoms should
seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions should contact the company at
(877) 857-4143 for details about the recall and their return and reimbursement
policy. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the
company's spokesperson, Keith Welty, at (816) 713-8631. Additional
information can be found at www.nationalbeef.com.
I NEED HELP
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the
FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is
available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are
available 24 hours a day.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Dept. of Agriculture