The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that 22,737 pounds of ground beef will be recalled over fears that they could be infected with E. coli.
The FSIS categorized the recall as "Class I," meaning its a health hazard situation in which is likely that the use of the product will result in serious adverse health consequences or death.
The products to be recalled were packaged in clear, 10 pound chubs by National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kansas and were shipped to several wholesale locations in the region. They items subjected to the recall are:
- 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
- 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
- 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”
All packages were produced on May 25, 2013 and have a "Use By/ Sell By" date of June 14, 2013.
The contamination was discovered during a routine checkup of the product by the FSIS. No illnesses related to the consumption of the packages have been reported.