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Just in time for grilling season – 35,000 pounds of E. coli O157:H7-tainted Hamburger Recalled

South Gate Meat Co., a South Gate, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 35,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

20-, 30- and 40-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF."
30-, 40-, and 50-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. COARSE GROUND BEEF."
10- and 20-pound packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTIES."

Each package bears establishment number "EST. 6217" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These ground beef products were produced between the dates of June 7, 2010, through June 21, 2010, and were shipped to restaurants in the Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif. area.

Interesting question – did FSIS test for non-O157:H7 Shiga-toxin producing E. coli?