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Over 60 Thousand Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- National Beef Packing Co. is recalling approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef products that may be infected with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Products subject to recall include:

Ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 12, 2011:

• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of "National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck." These can be identified by the product code 483.
• Boxes containing eight 5-pound chubs of "National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck." These can be identified by the product code 684.
• Boxes containing twelve 3-pound chubs of "National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck." These can be identified by the product code 782 or 785.
• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of "National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck." These can be identified by the product code 787.

Ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 14, 2011:

• Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of "National Beef 81/19 Fine Ground Beef." These can be identified by the product code 431.
• Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of "National Beef 90/10 Fine Ground Beef." These can be identified by the product code 471.
• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of "National Beef 86/14 Fine Ground Round." These can be identified by the product code 494.

Each box and chub bears the establishment number "Est. 262" within the USDA mark of inspection.  It is important to note that the products listed above may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names.

The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture at a state-inspected facility that had purchased these products for further processing.

A traceback investigation revealed that the slaughter facility, National Beef Packing Co. products were the sole source for the positive product sample. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

E. Coli 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 foodborne illness.

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

Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

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