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More Than 22K Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled

LOS ANGELES ( — The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday more than 22,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled.

National Beef Packing Co., a company in Liberal, Kan., initiated a voluntary recall of 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef after the product tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

"This recall is voluntary, and there have been no reported illnesses related to the recall.  We are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter and are contacting our customers who have purchased this product," the company said in a statement.

The products were produced on May 25 and labeled with "Use By/Freeze By" date of June 14, 2013.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 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

The ground beef was produced and shipped in clear packages and was sent to a limited number of wholesale and food service distributors and military commissaries in approximately 70 pound boxes, according to the company.

"E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism," U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at (877)857-4143 for details about the recall and the return and reimbursement policy.

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