Guess we had gone too long without a massive, freaky recall, because yesterday, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of 22,737 pounds of ground beef products due to possible E. coli contamination. Ugh.
The meat originated at the National Beef Packing Co., based out of Liberal, Kansas, and was identified as a result of routine inspection by FSIS. Well, thank goodness for that!
Here, the specifics on the products affected ...
-10-pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481″
-10-pound packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421″
-10-pound packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484″
All of the products have a use/sell by date of June 13, 2013. That said, the FSIS notes that people who may have bought the beef should check their freezers. Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported in relation to the recalled items so far, officials noted.
While it's heartening to know that the possible contamination was caught, it's unfortunate that it took so long. If the beef was supposed to have been used or sold by almost a week ago, why are we just hearing about it now? Truly frustrating.
National Beef notes that consumers with questions can contact the company at 877-857-4143. Additional information can also be found at nationalbeef.com.
Are you disturbed by this gigantic recall?