A Los Angeles company is recalling approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.
Commercial Meat Co. was informed that routine FSIS monitoring confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 in beef products produced between Sept. 7 and Oct. 6, 2011. According to the FSIS news release, the company did not hold product pending test results, so the meat was recalled.
The recalled beef products was shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, as well as one federal establishment in California for further processing.
There have been no reports of illnesses.
The recalled ground beef products are:
— 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 lb. cases of bulk ground beef
— 5, 10 and 20 lb. cases of ground beef patties
— 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 50 lb. cases of ground beef taco
— 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 lb. cases of ground beef chili
Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 4873” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s manager, Neil Brown, at 213-622-6997.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Ground beef should be cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.