Neb. firm recalls beef over E. coli contamination

August 9, 2008 07:00 PM

Nebraska Beef Ltd. in Omaha, Neb., is recalling approximately 1.2 million pounds of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

These beef products were produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008, according to USDA. The shipping containers and product labels bear the establishment number "EST. 19336” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as the brand "Coleman Natural.” However, these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number "EST. 19336” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

The problem was discovered through a joint investigation with state departments of health and agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FSIS. To date, 31 cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

FSIS is continuing its investigation into any products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 or that are associated with illnesses and will take appropriate action when necessary.

Some of Nebraska Beef's products were sold by Whole Foods Market, which also announced a recall Friday.

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