40,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Products Recalled By Amarillo, TX Company Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

On September 23rd, an Amarillo, Texas establishment announced that it is recalling approximately 40,000 lbs. of ground beef products due to potential contamination with E. Coli O157:H7.  The announcement was made by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The problem was revealed following routine testing; lab results confirmed that the beef tested positive for E. Coli O157:H7 on September 22nd.  It is believed that the beef products made it in to commerce because of a sample tracking error.  The beef products being recalled were produced on September 9th of this year and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia where they would be further distributed to institutions including six school districts which participate in the National School Lunch Program.  At the time of the recall, the FSIS was not aware that any of the contaminated products had been served in school lunches, and there are no reports of illness at the current time.

The ground beef products included in this recall bear a production code of 19110, and each case bears “Est. 7282″ inside the USDA mark of inspection as well.  The recalled beef products are packaged in 40 lb. boxes, each box containing four 10 lb. chubs.

For effective E. Coli prevention, ground beef should always be cooked thoroughly in order to kill all potentially harmful bacteria, and should never be eaten when pink or rare.  Safe food handling practices should also be followed; hands, surfaces and all utensils should be thoroughly washed and disinfected after handling raw meat.

E. Coli O157:H7 is potentially deadly, particularly to those individuals with compromised immune systems or who are very young or elderly.  E. Coli Symptoms include dehydration, abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhea, sometimes bloody in nature.

Those who have become ill after eating foods that are contaminated with E. Coli food poisoning or other bacteria should seek medical attention for E. Coli treatment; you may also be entitled to compensation of costs associated with your illness.

Contact the New York E Coli Food Poisoning attorneys at Brown Chiari for a free Buffalo NY Attorney evaluation of your case.

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