U.S. health officials announced on August 1, 2013 that 50,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled due to a risk of e. coli poisoning. The beef, produced by The National Beef Packing Company, was shipped to vendors all across the country before being voluntarily recalled. The Kansas-based food distributor initiated the recall after a sample of beef tested positive for a harmful strain of e. coli. Ingesting the bacteria can lead to a series of life-threatening health consequences. Some of the most common side effects of e. coli include severe food poisoning, persistent diarrhea, vomiting, and potentially fatal dehydration.
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Why is 50,000 Pounds of Beef Being Recalled?
The United States Department of Agriculture performs routine examinations of food products in order to ensure that they are safe for public consumption. During one of these checks at the National Beef Packing Company the USDA discovered a potentially harmful strain of e. coli in a sample of ground beef. This specific bacteria, called e. coli 0157:H7, can cause serious health issues when consumed by humans.
According to one news source, e. coli O157:H7 “is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.” The National Beef Packing Co. has been identified as the sole source of the beef but it is impossible to know exactly how much beef contains the deadly bacteria and where that beef might be.
Although no reports of illness due to the tainted beef have been reported, officials are concerned given that the product was distributed to vendors all across the country. The beef was shipped in 40-60 pound containers on July 18, 2013. These containers went to wholesalers, retailers, and food service distributors nationwide. Officials are advising customers that have bought beef from National Beef, NatureSource, and NatureWell to return the product to the vendor where it was purchased.
Beef Recall Products
Officials have targeted specific beef products for the recall. All of the potentially-effected products are labeled with “EST .208A” on the USDA mark of inspection. The following brands may be affected by e. coli:
- “National Beef” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
- “NatureSource” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
- “NatureSource” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
- “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
- “NatureSource” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
- “NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
- “NatureWell” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
- “NatureWell” 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
What is E. Coli?
E. coli is a bacteria that is commonly found in the intestines of warm-blooded organisms. Most strains of e. coli have no negative effects but there are certain formulations that cause debilitating food poisoning in humans. A specific strain of e. coli,0157:H7, is potentially deadly, and it induces a series of uncomfortable side effects.
E. coli is potentially life-threatening but, in most cases, it lasts around a week and does not cause debilitating consequences. E. coli O157:H7 causes around 73,000 illnesses, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 60 deaths annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). O157:H7 is generally the strain of e. coli that causes harm in the United States. Most news reports relating to e. coli are referring to O157:H7.
Some of the symptoms of e. coli include:
- Diarrhea that comes on suddenly and is abnormally watery or bloody
- Loss of appetite
- Gas or bloating
- Stomach cramps
National Beef Lawsuit
There have been numerous beef recalls over the last decade and lawsuits were filed in almost every instance. In October 2007, lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against a New Jersey hamburger company whose beef was linked to a dangerous strain of e. coli. According to a New York Times article one man consumed the beef and soon after “began exhibiting symptoms of E. coli exposure, including but not limited to severe abdominal cramps, severe bloody diarrhea and fatigue.”
In 2011, Nebraska Beef Ltd. Corporation was forced to settle with a Colorado company over a 2008 beef recall. The corporation had distributed over 7 million pounds of beef that was ultimately linked to 76 cases of e. coli poisoning. After the recall, numerous successful lawsuits were filed against Nebraska Beef Ltd. and other companies involved in the production process. Experts expect that the National Beef Packing Co. recall will ultimately lead to hundreds of lawsuits.
Do I Have a National Beef Recall Lawsuit?
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