The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a recall notice of ground beef on Sep 23, 2011, due to possible E. Coli O157:H7 contamination. Palo Duro Meat, an Amarillo, Texas, company, is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The products subject to recall include 40-lb boxes containing four 10-lb chubs of fine ground beef. Each case bears “Est. 7282” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 19110.
According to FSIS, the frozen product was produced on Sept. 9, 2011, and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia for further distribution to institutions. The institutions include six school districts in Georgia associated with the National School Lunch Program.
FSIS claims the bulk of the meat has not left the warehouses and FSIS is not aware of any product having been served as part of school lunches in the districts.
FSIS adds that the problem was discovered by the company after a review of lab results that confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 on September 22.
The problem may have occurred as a result of a sample tracking error that allowed the contaminated beef in question to be inadvertently shipped into commerce.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Two weeks ago, the FDA warned consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms of Granada, Colo.
According to the CDC, a total of 22 persons were infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes from 7 states: Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), and West Virginia (1). Two deaths were reported at the time, one in Colorado and one in New Mexico.
Last Friday, the FDA announced that a Kansas food processor is recalling nearly 600 pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe because of potential contamination with listeria linked to a deadly outbreak of food poisoning.
MSNBC reports Carol’s Cuts LLC of Kansas City is recalling 594 pounds of cantaloupe packed in 5-pound trays as chunks and as an ingredient in 8-ounce mixed fruit medley containers.
The Carol’s Cuts products were shipped to customers on Aug. 26 and Sept. 12 and distributed to institutional food customers, including restaurants in Overland Park, Kansas, Kansas City and Maryland Heights, Mo., and Omaha, Neb.
MSNBC notes that some institutional customers may have placed the 8-ounce servings in retail venues. Carol’s Cuts has notified all institutional customers of the recall and asked that the contaminated cantaloupe be returned or destroyed.