The Associated Press is reporting that Palo Duro Meat is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. No illnesses have been reported at this time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the product was produced Sept. 9 and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia for distribution to institutions that include six Georgia school districts associated with the National School Lunch Program. The government said the bulk of the product has not left the warehouses, and officials were not aware of any being served as school lunches.
The problem was discovered by the company after a review of lab results that confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 on September 22. The problem may have occurred as a result of a sample tracking error that allowed the product in question to be inadvertently shipped into commerce. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
The products subject to recall include 40-pound boxes containing four 10-pound chubs of fine ground beef. Each case bears “Est. 7282” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 19110.
To Learn more about the recall visit the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service page here.
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