Reported By: Britt L
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that a large Kansas beef processor is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef after a sample of their beef tested positive for E. coli bacteria, that could be potentially harmful to the public.
E. coli bacteria was discovered in a routine inspection after the meat was stocked on shelves, but no one has reported being sick.
The National Beef Packing Compan, which deems itself as the fourth-largest beef processor in the United States, shipped the beef on July 18 in 40 to 60 pound cases. The beef reached hundreds of food service distributors, wholesalers and retailers.
“An investigation determined National Beef Packing Co. was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product,” says the USDA in a public statement.
The National Beef Packing Co. says all the recalled beef has the establishment number “EST. 208A” attached to them inside the USDA mark of inspection. The beefs include:
The bacteria, E. coli O157:H7 is a deadly strain of bacteria that can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea. In a more deadly case, the bacteria can cause kidney failure.
Watch out for your meats people. Not all pork, chicken or beef is high in protein.