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California Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

I wrote a few days ago about the concerning problem of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in meat that seems to be resurfacing far too often.  United Food Group, LLC, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 75,000 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The problem was discovered through sampling done by the California Department of Health Services and the Colorado Department of Health, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the course of an investigation into illnesses. The ground beef products were produced on April 20 and were shipped to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.  The labels of the products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1241” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the package. All of the products bear a sell by date of “May/06/07,” a freeze by date of “May/07/07” or a produced on date of “April/20/07.” Products subject to recall include:

* 10-pound casings of “MORAN’S All Natural, 73/27 fine ground beef.”
* 10-pound casings of “MORAN’S All Natural, 90/10 fine ground sirloin.”
* 2-pound chubs of “INTER-AMERICAN PRODUCTS 93/7 ground beef.”
* 1-pound chubs of “INTER-AMERICAN PRODUCTS 80/20 ground beef.”
* 1-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural 73/27 ground beef.”
* 5-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural 73/27 ground beef.”
* 3-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural 73/27 ground beef.”
* 1-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural, 90/10 fine ground sirloin.”
* 2-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural 93/7 ground beef.”
* 2-pound chubs of “MORAN’S All Natural 96/4 ground beef.”
* 3-pound chubs of “STATER BROS. MARKETS 73/27 ground beef.”