Potential E. coli Contamination Prompts Beef Recall by Randolph Packing Co.

More than 90,000 lbs of beef products are being recalled today because of possible <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recall is being issued by Randolph Packing Co. Inc., of Asheboro, North Carolina.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the beef products involved in this recall include:

• Combo bin packages of “Randolph Packing Co., Inc. BONELESS BEEF.”
• Combo bin packages of “Randolph Packing Co. Knuckles 90% & 94%.”
• 30 lbs. boxes of “Beef Ribeye Rolls.”

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 6590″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced on February 25, 2010, and were distributed to federal establishments for further processing in Illinois, Missouri., New York, Ohio, and Virginia. None of these products are available directly to consumers.

E. coli is a bacteria normally found in the digestive tracts of cows. E. coli O157:H7 is a particularly virulent strain that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems, for instance, people undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are the most susceptible to food borne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), E. coli is one of the leading causes of food borne illness in the U.S.

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