December 27, 2009

Oklahoma Company Recalls Beef Due To E. Coli

Oklahoma's National Steak and Poultry is recalling 248,000 lbs of beef in six states due to an E. coli outbreak, according to a recent Reuters report.

The company said it was recalling various products in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, and Washington state.

FSIS and the CDC determined that there is an association between non-intact steaks (blade tenderized prior to further processing) and illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington. Further investigation with the affected states' health partners is still needed.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

The company did not confirm any contaminations at its production facilities, but said it "will err on the side of being cautious" by recalling the products.

"This is the first recall in our company's nearly 30-year history," the firm said.

FSIS advises all consumers to thoroughly prepare raw meat, including fresh or frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a temperature of 160° F.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a physician.


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