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50,000 lbs of ground beef recalled for possible E. coli

8:36 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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(USA Today) -- A Kansas company has recalled approximately 50,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

No illnesses have been reported linked to the consumption of the meat, which was produced by National Beef Packing Company of Liberal, Kan.

The beef was produced on July 18, 2013 and were shipped in 40 to 60 cases to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors nationwide, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release. The product carries the establishment number "EST. 208A" Inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. chub of "National Beef" 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureSource" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureSource" 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureSource" 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureSource" 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureWell" 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureWell" 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
• 10 lb. chub of "NatureWell" 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404

Where the meat was sold at the retail and wholesale level is unknown.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure. It is considered an adulterant in raw beef.

National Beef recalled 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef on June 18, also due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

Calls to the company for comment were not returned Wednesday evening.

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