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

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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

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36 Responses to “Huge Beef Recall Announced, Here’s What You Need To Know”

  1. Esther Montgomery

    The use/sell by date was June 14th… it's the 19th. Whoops..

  2. Charmarose Shiroky Craven

    So what commercial enterprises bought this stuff? McDonalds?

  3. Anonymous

    Budget cuts thanks to the sequester means way fewer inspectors.

  4. Anonymous

    Pretty horrifying. We just started eating beef after several years of avoiding it after a health scare. Looks like we will have to keep avoiding ground beef awhile longer :(

  5. Charlotte Landry

    Yea and if you have ever been to Liberal, KS this would be no surprise.

  6. Mae Barton

    All meat has traces of faeces, blood and lots of body fluids – You are eating a rotting corpse. Guess what! it's the body fluids that make your steak juicy. Get some good vegan cookbooks and make the change. There is not one thing this planet would miss about meat. It is bad for the environment, to global warming, it's causing unnecessary cruelty to animals, it is contributing to world hunger (to produce 1lb it takes 13lbs grain and it's bad for you health – Don't let the meat and dairy industries brainwash you.

  7. John Holmes

    Is being a Vegan what made you such a nasty bitch to people?

  8. Mae Barton

    John, if Kara sounded in anyway unpleasant compare her unpleasantness with the deaths and immense suffering that 63 billion land animals suffer every year on this planet. That might help you get things in perspective.

  9. Mae Barton

    or don't buy it at all buy a good vegan cookbook instead and stop appalling cruelty to animals and help save the planet! Please google factory farming/meat eating and environmental damage.

  10. Mae Barton

    You think governments and inspectors ensure your safety – Not so! when you eat meat you are eating dead bodies. No one can ever protect you from the nasty's that meat contains – You are also contributing to the suffering and deaths of billions of animals – This alone can not be doing the human karma any good at all. Our planet is turning into a cess pit from the 63 billion animals we kill for food each year. Where do you think the blood, urine and faeces goes from those animals. Not to mention the cruelty of Factory Farming. As a species we all need to wake up.

  11. Anonymous

    Mari………………………….LOLOLOL……………….you fell for that LINE too…………..?

  12. Anonymous

    And the fish industry will be hiring their 1 employee of the year tomorrow!

  13. Anonymous

    Mae Barton ………….and someday you will awake from your spell

  14. Anonymous

    E.Coli gets on produce and fruit too, so you're not as safe as you think!

  15. Jessica Hanson

    I hate to break it to you but if you actually learn about food safety you have a higher chance of getting e-coli poisoning from vegetable matter than you do from beef. Humans have a natural tolerance to e-coli, salmonella and other bacteria and in fact our bodies are composed of a large amount of bacteria. There are more bacteria cells in our bodies than human DNA based cells. We are truly living ecosystems. Most bacteria is "good" bacteria and forms a symbiotic relationship with its environmental host (our body). Bacteria is something that science needs to learn more about and not label as these evil cells that kill us. The overall lack of education in the United States astonishes me. The lack of a desire to learn more when resources such as the Internet are available make this lack of knowledge even more astonishing to me. Eating exorbanant amounts meat is definitely not good. However the benefits of eating no meat are not conclusive. I believe in balance. I also believe in science. Education is the rocky foundation the United States attempts to run itself on and it is failing.

  16. Jessica Hanson

    Educate yourself. You have a higher chance of e-coli and salmonella poisoning from vegetable matter than you do from beef.

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