beef recall 2013

Huge Beef Recall Announced, Here’s What You Need To Know

A massive beef recall announced yesterday by the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service affects 22,737 pounds of ground beef products possibly contaminated by E. coli bacteria.

The beef recall specifically cites E. coli O157:H7 prompted what the Food Safety and Inspection Service deems a “Class I” situation, involving — as CNN explains — “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The potentially contaminated meat affected by the beef recall was produced on May 25, 2013, and bears a use/sell date of June 14, 2013.

Originating from National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kansas, the news site lists the following items as included in the beef recall:

10 pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481”

10 pound packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421”

10 pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484”

The FSIS notes much of the product affected by the beef recall was purchased by retail establishments and institutions, and possible due to the bulk packaging, the agency is concerned that some may have been frozen for later use.

On the website of National Beef, the company notes that the recall was voluntary and offers the following information about the beef recall:

“This recall is voluntary, and there have been no reported illnesses related to the recall. We are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter and are contacting our customers who have purchased this product… The recall is regional, affecting 22,737 pounds of ground beef produced on May 25, 2013 with a use by/freeze by date of June 14, 2013.”

“The ground beef was produced and shipped in clear, 10 pound chubs and was shipped to a limited number of wholesale and food service distributors and military commissaries in approximately 70 lbs. boxes.”

The United State Department of Agriculture’s release on the beef recall can be found over on