Pro Farmer Editors
Nebraska Beef, Ltd., of 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, USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.
These beef products were produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008. 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. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President of Administration James Timmerman at 402-733-0456. Media with questions about the recall should contact company representative William Lamson at (402) 397-7300.
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 12 states and Canada have been identified in the investigation. 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.