A Dodge City, KS, beef packer has recalled about 700 pounds of beef tongue root filet products for potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Thursday. National Beef Packing Co. produced the products on Aug. 19, which were then shipped to a distributor in Amarillo, TX, for further processing. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 30-lb. boxes of “National Beef” Beef Tongue Root Filet, Product Code “12753.” These products bear the establishment number “EST. 262” inside the USDA mark of inspection and include a pack date of “081913A.”

Routine FSIS monitoring confirmed a positive result for E. coli in the beef product, for which the company was the sole supplier. No reports of illness have been received, according to FSIS officials. Further information about the recall can be found on the FSIS website. In July, National Beef initiated a voluntary recall for about 50,000 pounds of ground beef after testing revealed the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in one 10-pound sample. E. coli infection can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and, in its most severe cases, kidney failure. Very young persons, senior citizens and those with weak immune systems are particularly susceptible to foodborne illnesses. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-877-857-4143, or visit National Beef’s website at www.nationalbeef.com for details about the recall and the company’s return and reimbursement policy.