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1.2 pounds of beef recalled: E.coli poisoning

In a nutshell: Another day, another beef recall. The bad thing is for people like me when I buy beef, I take it out of the original packaging and throw it away (the package not the beef) then put it in a freezer bag and date it.

Update from the FDA: Nebraska Beef Ltd. company, located in Omaha. They do not relate, implicate, or otherwise affect beef in the State of Nebraska.

August 8–Nebraska Beef, Ltd., an Omaha, Neb., establishment is recalling approximately 1.2 million pounds of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

These beef products were produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008. The shipping containers and product labels bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as the brand “Coleman Natural.”

However, these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President of Administration James Timmerman at 402-733-0456.

The problem was discovered through a joint investigation with state departments of health and agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FSIS. To date, 31 cases in 12 states and Canada have been identified in the investigation.

FSIS is continuing its investigation into any products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 or that are associated with illnesses and will take appropriate action when necessary.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium 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. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional

  1. I must have been really tired when I wrote the above message because I meant to say in the subject line – 1.2 MILLION POUNDS.

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