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Ohio’s Dorothy Lane Markets E. coli Outbreak Linked to Nebraska Beef and All American Meats? – More Recalls in the works? More States to Recall – Like Idaho, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Alabama and New Mexico? More Bodies to Count?

To borrow a well used phrase, and change it a bit – "I love the smell of a recall in the morning."

It seems that our friends in Omaha have been busy.  Apparently, a ground beef sample collected from Est. 20420 (All American Meats) on 6/25/08 tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 with indistinguishable PFGE pattern (genetic fingerprint) combination (EXHX01.0008 / EXHA26.0569).  This genetic fingerprint has been linked to 17 confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infections from 8 states (ID 2, MA 5, IL 1, PA 3, CA 1, OH 2, Al 1 and NM 2).  Est. 19336, (Nebraska Beef Ltd.), of the recent Kroger recall and suing the Minnesota church fame, appears to supply “primals” and “trim” to All American Meats.  So, what is the business connection between Nebraska Beef and All American Meats?  I love All American Meats motto:

#1 Rule

"If we don’t take care of the customer… Somebody else will!"

So, I guess I will.  So, when do we send in the stormtroopers?

  • anonymous

    Are USDA inspectors supposed to perform tests on the meat themselves, or is it allowed to just collect test data from the company’s quality control people? And do quality control people working at meat factories need to have a minimum degree?
    Just wondering because I know someone that used to work at a meat packing plant who noticed some USDA inspectors performing their own tests, but sometimes the USDA inspector just collected data from quality control.

  • Why am I not surprised? I’ve been expecting another recall – or more – ever since the Georgia cluster. The meat served by The Barbecue Pit restaurant in Colquitt County originated at Nebraska Beef. It was produced in the same time range as the recalled meat, but wasn’t part of the recall.
    I suspect Nebraska Beef simply dug in its heels, refused to expand the recall beyond the 5.3 million pounds, and FSIS gave in.