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Ground Beef Products Recalled Due To Possible E. coli Contamination

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Hundreds of pounds of ground beef products were recalled due to a possible contamination of E. coli O157:H7 announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Below is a list of the recalled beef products affected by the recall:

• 10 lb. packs of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
• 10 lb. packs of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
• 10 lb. packs of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”

All affected products have a “USE BY/SELL BY DATE” of June 14, 2013, and bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The tainted products were distributed to several establishments across many states.

Consumers are urged to safely handle and prepare all raw meat products – both fresh and frozen – it also advises to only consume the meat if it has been cooked to a temperature of 160 F.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause several symptoms including abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Most healthy individuals will recover within a week, but some can develop a type of kidney failure referred to as HUS. If consumers are concerned and have any questions they should call (877) 857-4143 for more information about the recall.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline is (1-888-674-6854).