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“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” when no one is watchin’, National Steak and Poultry Recalls 248,000 Pounds of Steak After Sickening People in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington

According to an FSIS Press Release, National Steak and Poultry, an Owasso, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 248,000 pounds of 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.

FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an investigation of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health and agriculture departments, FSIS determined that there is an association between non-intact steaks (blade tenderized prior to further processing) and illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington. FSIS is continuing to work with the CDC and affected state public health partners on the investigation. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a physician.

The products subject to recall include:

* 4-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68408.”
* 6-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SP680608.”
* 8-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68808”
* 9-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “SC68908.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF TIPS,” with an identifying case code of “69108.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK” with an identifying case code of “XXSP68008.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY SAVORY SIRLOIN TIPS” with an identifying case code of “XX69008.”
* 5-ounce “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BACON WRAPPED BEEF FILLET,” with an identifying case code of “23508.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY USDA SELECT BEEF SHOULDER MARINATED TENDER MEDALLIONS” with an identifying case code of “23289.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY 75% BONELESS BEEF TRIMMINGS,” with an identifying case code of “33575.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF TRIMMINGS,” with an identifying case code of “36545.”
* “NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF SIRLOIN PHILLY STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “88008.”
* 4-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680425.”
* 7-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “69725.”
* 9-ounce “EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680925.”
* 7-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680715.”
* 9-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680915.”
* 12-ounce “KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “680215.”
* 8-ounce “CARINO’S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “130874.”
* “CARINO’S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK PIECES,” with an identifying case code of “13074.”
* “MOE’S BEEF STEAK,” with an identifying case code of “78027.”

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection, respective case codes cited above, and packaging dates of “10/12/2009,” “10/13/2009,” “10/14/2009,” or “10/21/2009.” These products were shipped to restaurants nationwide.

OK, I have to ask the obvious question – which restaurants?

  • Dr Raymond

    I spent three hard years getting the rule published that would allow FSIS to identify the retail outlets and restaurants. But they never do at the time of the press release announcing a recall. Just a few weeks ago, they announced a 92 pound recall of GB that was all sold to ONE restaurant in a little town of 95 people in NE. They did not notify the local PH Department, or medical personnel, about this, and they did not name the restaurant, even though they had that ability to do so.
    WHY are they avoiding this responsibility?

  • John Munsell

    Dr. Raymond asks why the agency avoids the responsibility to reveal the names of retail outlets and restaurants impacted by recalls. Answer: because the agency operates in a total lack of accountability. When was the last time you witnessed a congressional hearing taking the agency to task for circumventing trace backs or trace forwards? Even the oval office could care less, as evidenced by its failure to nominate an Under Secretary for FSIS. Jerold Mande recently stated on Dec 9 that “…improving product tracing has become a priority for the Obama Administration”. Making such brash claims is easy, but the proof lies in the pudding. Thus far, the pudding has proven to merely be the maintenance of the status quo, which is made easier when the agency conveniently operates in the absence of an Under Secretary. Get used to it folks: regardless of whether the Republicans or Democrats control the executive and legislative branches, FSIS acts with total impunity. This ain’t gonna change. Anyone desiring to eat wholesome beef had either purchase it from a small, local plant, or cook the meat to a jerky state. John Munsell