Kansas firm recalls 23,000 pounds of ground beef over possible E. coli contamination

National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., company, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw 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 Wednesday.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code "0481."
  • 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code "0421."
  • 10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code "0484."

All the products have a "USE BY/SELL BY DATE" of June 14, 2013. The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to various institutions and retail establishments. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be frozen and in shoppers' freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at 877-857-4143 for details about the recall and their return and reimbursement policy. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's spokesperson, Keith Welty, at 816-713-8631.

Additional information can be found at www.nationalbeef.com.

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