USDA – FSIS Recall Release


WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2008 – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., an Omaha, Neb., establishment is recalling approximately 1.2 million pounds of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

These beef products were produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008. The shipping containers and product labels bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as the brand “Coleman Natural.” However, these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 19336” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

The problem was discovered through a joint investigation with state departments of health and agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FSIS. To date, 31 cases in 12 states and Canada have been identified in the investigation.

FSIS is continuing its investigation into any products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 or that are associated with illnesses and will take appropriate action when necessary.

For those not familiar with Nebraska Beef – click – HERE

"Ubberblogger" at Efoodalert traces the E. coli trail from Nebraska Beef to Whole Foods – Whole Foods had the following to say in its announcement of the meat recall:

Whole Foods Market is informed that the beef in question apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. At the time of the previous recall, Whole Foods Market received assurances from Coleman Natural Beef that no product delivered to Whole Foods Market was linked to the recall. Those assurances are now in question and Whole Foods Market is actively investigating the issue. At this time, no Coleman Natural Beef fresh ground beef products from the Nebraska Beef processing facility are available in any Whole Foods Market stores.

She also correctly points out that Coleman Natural Beef was also implicated in the Ohio Dorothy Lane Market E. coli outbreak last month – which was also linked to Nebraska Beef – a month ago.  Two questions arise from this:

1)  Why did FSIS not recall the Nebraska Beef after the Coleman link was established?

2)  Why did Whole Foods keep selling Coleman product?

  • Frank Marx

    Until the consumers understand how factory farming is slowing killing us, these E.coli outbreaks will continue and multiply. Lobbyists from the Corporations are controlling the legislation process and have the top USDA officials the their pockets. It is all about profits!

  • Denis Stearns

    And this was a company the USDA tried to shut down over five years ago for not being safe and it blinked and they stayed in business.
    Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board had the same track record as the USDA. No one would be flying on airplanes anymore. If recalls were plane crashes, there would be such an uproar that things would have changed years ago (and we’d be on to doing a different kind of law). But Big Meat has tried for so long to convince the public that a couple thousand people just need to die a year, we just need to put up with the level of “safety” we have. I guess we want ground beef that costs $2 a pound more than we want people to not die from eating it.

  • john Randle

    Why can’t they afford to put out clean meat? At the rates they are charging for their product after paying all the illegal employees rock bottom wages, they sure have enough money left over!

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