USDA recalls 531,707 pounds of EColi infected ground beef following illnesses in Michigan and Ohio

July 1, 2008

Nebraska Beef, Ltd., an Omaha, Neb., establishment is recalling approximately 531,707 pounds of ground beef components that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The problem was discovered by FSIS through traceback investigations and ground beef samples collected from two federally inspected establishments positive for E. coli O157:H7, as well as multiple samples of Kroger brand ground beef positive for E. coli O157:H7.

Kroger brand ground beef samples were collected by the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health from patients in Michigan and Ohio. Nebraska Beef, Ltd., was identified as a common supplier to those stores in addition to two federally inspected establishments where FSIS obtained a positive ground beef sample that was matched to the outbreak strain identified in Michigan and Ohio.

The epidemiological investigations and a case control study conducted by the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that there is an association between the ground beef products and 35 illnesses reported in Michigan (17) and Ohio (18).

See related story: Yet another sad tale of ground beef contaminated with EColi

The following products subject to recall include:

  • Combo bins of “Coleman 75/25 Trim.” The shipping containers bear the case code “38097,” and were produced on June 17. These products were sent to an establishment in Colorado for further processing.
  • Combo Bins of “Coleman Plate Navel Combo.” The shipping containers bear the case code “38044,” and were produced on June 17 and 24. These products were sent to an establishment in Texas for further processing.
  • 60-pound boxes of “Nebraska Beef, Beef Chuck.” The boxes bear the case code “10260,” and were produced on May 19. These products were distributed to wholesalers in Illinois, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.
  • 60-pound boxes of “Nebraska Beef, Beef Chuck.” The boxes bear the case code “10263,” and were produced on May 19. These products were distributed to wholesalers in New York.
  • 60-pound boxes of “Nebraska Beef, Beef Knuckle.” The boxes bear the case code “46140,” and were produced on June 9. These products were distributed to wholesalers in Illinois and New York.
  • 60-pound boxes of “Nebraska Beef, Beef Clod.” The boxes bear the case code “13060,” and were produced on June 9. These products were distributed to wholesalers in Illinois.

The shipping containers and product labels bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” inside the USDA mark of inspection, however these products were further processed into ground beef and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

The additional following products subject to recall were sent to establishments in Nebraska for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” on products then made available for direct consumer purchase include:

  • Combo bins of “Coleman 85/15 Chuck.” The shipping containers bear the case code “63503,” and were produced on June 17 and June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Coleman 85/15 Shank.” The shipping containers bear the case code “26442,” and were produced on June 17.
  • Combo bins of “Coleman 80/20 Beef Trim.” The shipping containers bear the case code “39521,” and were produced on June 17.
  • Combo bins of “Coleman 91/9 Trim.” The shipping containers bear the case code “54674,” and were produced on June 17 and June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Coleman 85/15 Shank Combo.” The shipping containers bear the case code “2644211,” and were produced on June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Front Shank.” The shipping containers bear the case code “67200,” and were produced on May 16, June 9, June 17 and June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Hind Shank.” The shipping containers bear the case code “67100,” and were produced on May 16, June 17 and June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Rose Meat.” The shipping containers bear the case code “58860,” and were produced on May 16 and June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Heel Meat.” The shipping containers bear the case code “66800,” and were produced on June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Loin Trimmings.” The shipping containers bear the case code “66900,” and were produced on June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Chuck Trim Neck.” The shipping containers bear the case code “67300,” and were produced on June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef Chuck Trim 70%.” The shipping containers bear the case code “67400,” and were produced on June 24.
  • Combo bins of “Nebraska Beef, Special Trim.” The boxes bear the case code “56060,” and were produced on May 16.

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

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.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_022_2008_Release/index.asp

2 Responses to “USDA recalls 531,707 pounds of EColi infected ground beef following illnesses in Michigan and Ohio”

  1. Karen Fraser Says:

    Just read my morning wake up recall on your site. A question? How are they disposing of all this recalled beef?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    It’s not E.Coli. That’s a cover up word. It’s GMO contaminants in our food. Such be the case with Taco Bell corn recall. They said it was E.Coli. It was really GM StarLink corn not meant for human consumption that got shipped, “by accident”. Same for the tomato’s, the spinach, the beef and the list goes on. It’s not E.Coli people, it’s GMO Contamination! Maybe even cloned meat gone mad cow. They have a solution though. They are now gonna irradiate our food. FDA approved this today 8/21/08. Look it up. Wow, GMO just keeps getting better!


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