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Recalling Ground Beef Before Illnesses is a Great Idea

hamburger-recall-JB.jpgCommercial Meat Co., a Los Angeles, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 377,775 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 following ground beef products are subject to recall:

• 5,10,15,20,30,40,50 and 60 lb. cases of bulk ground beef

• 5,10 and 20 lb. cases of ground beef patties

• 10,15,20,30,40 and 50 lb. cases of ground beef taco

• 5,10,15,20,25,30,40,50 and 60 lb. cases of ground beef chili

Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 4873” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between Sept. 7, 2011 and Oct. 6, 2011 and were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, as well as one Federal establishment in California for further processing.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

  • Sam

    I wonder how many more recalls like this will have to happen unitl those clowns in the beef industry learn to hold the goods until testing is complete. If you don’t ship it, you don’t have to recall it. If you don’t have to recall it, you won’t get all that awesome publicity associated with shipping tainted goods.
    P.S. The test for colforms takes 24 hours, so don’t buy their line about shelf life!!!