Beef Trim Recalled for Possible E. Coli

Beltex Corporation, of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling approximately 135,500 pounds of beef trim products that may be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli O157:H7 pathogen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. This is a Class I recall, which means that this is a health hazard situation in which 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 involve various pound boxes of:

• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF BONELESS NAVEL”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIMMING 50/50″
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRACE TRIM”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BNLS”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF KIDNEY FAT”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO TRIM 75/25″
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO TRIM 85/15″
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF 115A BNLS CHUCK 2PCS”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIMMING 85/15 VAC PACK”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF B-90 TRIMMINGS 91-CTRN”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BNLS NAVEL SOAKED AND SALTED”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIM XF SOAKED AND SALTED”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIM REGULAR SOAKED AND SALTED”
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO TRIM 85/15″
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BNLS 80/20″
• “FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BONELESS NAVEL”

Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 07041B” inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were produced on October 28, 2009; November 20, 2009; February 19, 2010; or April 2, 2010, and were distributed to wholesalers and other federal establishments in the states of Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine Food Safety Assessment performed at the establishment. The establishment’s methods for analyzing samples for E. coli O157:H7 in beef products raised concerns about the safety of the product. To date, FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled products.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness.

The FSIS noted that Beltex can be reached at its main line at (817) 624-1136.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative, which is available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) and is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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