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Food Recall Blog: E. coli O157:H7 Contamination / Ground Beef

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of grocery stores and consumers and food distributors than the words — recall and E. coli in the same sentence.

Illinois–J & B Meats Corporation is voluntarily recalling 173,554 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria.

That’s a whole lot of burgers that “may” be cotaminated but with raw meat, nobody takes chances.

Products subject to recall include sirloin steak burgers, ground beef hamburgers, Sam’s choice gourmet backyard burgers, quarter pounders. They all have different dates but share the same establishment number “5712”. Packages were produced on June 12, June 18, and June 22 in 2007 and distributed nationwide.

Food Safety and Inspection Services advise that consumers always use ground beef products within three months of being produced. The problem was discovered by complaints to the FSIS and are in the process of being investigated.

The risk is considered high.

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