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Beef recall announced due to E. coli fears

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The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears that they may be contaminated with E. coli.

The recall is categorized by the FSIS as “Class I”: a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

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 these 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.

No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. The contamination was found as a result of routine inspection by FSIS.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at 877-857-4143 for details. Additional information can be found at nationalbeef.com.

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