More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef packed at a Kansas plant have been recalled over fears of a possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The ground beef was produced by National Beef Co. on July 18 and sold to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors across the country, the USDA said. An investigation determined National Beef was the sole supplier of the beef that tested positive for E. coli, the USDA said. No reports of illness have been linked to the beef, according to the USDA. The E. coli was detected during routine government monitoring and limited to one 10-pound package of ground beef, according to the company, National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kan.
“We encourage customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled item and to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their store,” Brian Wright, a company spokesman, said in a statement. “Customers who purchased the product may visit their neighborhood Winn-Dixie to request a full refund, no questions asked.”
Here’s a list of all the products involved in the general beef recall:
- 80 percent lean/20 percent fat fine ground chuck
- 85/15 fine ground beef
- 90/10 fine ground beef or sirloin
- 93/ 7 fine ground beef
Following a massive recall issued by Taylor Farms Retail Inc., the outbreak has reached a total of 39 states, nearly 80% of the country, including: Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. While the CDC only reports 33 cases over five states, 13 of those have resulted in hospitalizations. The affected products include five-ounce packages of Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach with UPC 0-11110-91128-5 and “Best By” date of 2/24/2013, as well as 16-ounce trays of Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach with UPC 0-30223-04780-3 and “Best By” date of 2/24/2013.
For more information, visit:
Missouri health officials say they have narrowed their investigation into E.coli in Missouri to 12 cases with similarities.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services previously reported 15 confirmed cases of E. coli, mostly in central Missouri.
A department spokeswoman says the investigation will now concentrate on 12 cases with similar lab results, geographic proximity and case history.
he Columbia Tribune reports eight people recently sickened by a strain of E. coli reported consuming raw milk from a farm in Armstrong. But samples of raw dairy materials taken from the Howard County farm all tested negative for the bacteria.
Columbia/Boone County health officials say one of four cases in the county, a 2-year-old child, remains hospitalized.
Another person has been added to the list of people sickened by E coli bacteria, raising the number of victims to 14 in Missouri. Additionally, a seventh person has reported drinking raw milk before becoming ill.
The illnesses have been recorded since late March in Jackson, Boone, Camden, Clark, Cooper, Howard and Randolph counties.
Although seven people have now confirmed drinking raw milk, state officials have yet to identify the source of the outbreak.
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/19/3564027/14th-person-sickened-by-e-coli.html#storylink=cpy