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Another Day, Another Beef Recall, E.coli Scare in 11 States

In a nutshell: Ground beef products that are intended for commercial use may be contaminated with e.coli.

May 16, 2008 – JSM Meat Holdings Company, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., firm, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of beef products intended for use in ground products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:
30-, 60- pound boxes, combo boxes or 47-gallon barrels of MORREALE MEAT beef products labeled as Boneless Chucks, Boneless Clods, (What is a clod?) Flat Rounds, Gooseneck Rounds, Knuckle, Heel Meat, Scotties, Trimmings 50, Trimmings 60, Trimmings 65, Trimmings 70, Trimmings 75, Trimmings 80, Trimmings 85, or Trimmings 90.

The beef products bear the establishment number EST. 6872 inside the USDA mark of inspection. These beef products were distributed to establishments for further processing in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered by Food Safety Inspection Service. The FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness (food poisoning) should see a doctor. 

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company President Steve Hurckes, Sr. at (312) 421-3664, ext. 214.

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