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Monday, January 18, 2010 

900,000 lbs of beef being recalled

sold in distribution centers, stores, restaurants and hotels in California.
A Californian meat producer announced the recall today of nearly 900,000 pounds of beef products that could be contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli.

Huntington Meat Packing Inc., in Montebello, Calif., said the meat, including ground beef, patties and burrito filling mix, were sold to distribution centers, stores and restaurants in California.

The recall was prompted by tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which turned up positive for E. coli O157:H7.

The bacteria, which lives in the intestines of cattle, for example, produces a Shiga toxin which can cause bloody diarrhea, kidney damage and even death.

The company said the potentially infected products were produced between Jan. 5 and Jan. 15. It said no illnesses had been reported in connection with the recall. - OregonLive.com
In addition to ground beef produced early this month (Jan 2010), the recall includes ground beef products produced as far back as February 19 to May 15, 2008, due to the concern that some of these products may still be frozen in consumers' homes. - Food Poison Journal

During a follow-up review of the company's records, government inspectors determined additional products produced and shipped in 2008 to be of concern because they may have been contaminated with E.coli, the service said in a notice on its web site.

This batch was produced from Feb. 19, 2008, to May 15, 2008. It also had been shipped to distribution centers, restaurants and hotels within California, the notice said. - Reuters

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