OWASSO, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma-based company is voluntarily recalling about 248,000pounds of beef it says might be contaminated with a strain of E.coli bacteria.
National Steak and Poultry and the U.S. Agriculture Departmentannounced the recall on Thursday. The company says on its Web sitethe beef products "could potentially be implicated in an outbreak"of illnesses related to E. coli.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service became aware ofthe problem while investigating a cluster of illnesses anddetermined there is an association between non-intact steaks and illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakotaand Washington.
The company says the recall is the first in its 30-yearhistory.
The E. coli strain is one that has caused large-scale outbreaksof life-threatening illness via contaminated food and water.
Colorado health officials said one person was sickened there inNovember but wasn't hospitalized. The E. coli strain is one thathas caused large-scale outbreaks of life-threatening illness viacontaminated food and water.
The products being recalled include various sizes ofthe company's "Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak," "Boneless Beef Tips,""Savory Sirloin Tips," "Bacon Wrapped Beef Fillet," "Beef ShoulderMarinated Tender Medallions," "75 percent Boneless Beef Trimmings,""Beef Trimmings" and "Beef Sirloin Philly Steak."
Also being recalled are various sizes of "EGNBoneless Beef Sirloin Steak," "EGN Boneless Beef Sirloin Tri TipSteak," "KRM Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak," "Carino's Boneless BeefOutside Skirt Steak," "Carino's Boneless Beef Outside Skirt SteakPieces" and "Moe's Beef Steak."
National Steak and Poultry said the recalled products are in packages bearing a label with the establishmentnumber "EST. 6010T" inside the USDA mark of inspection andpackaging dates of "10/12/2009," "10/13/2009," "10/14/2009," or"10/21/2009." The company said the products were shipped torestaurants nationwide.
The company said in a statement that the recalled beef wasproduced at its Owasso facility. It said the recall is limited tobeef products sold primarily to the Moe's, Carino's Italian Grill,and KRM restaurants in the six states.
National Steak and Poultry said the recall is the first inits 30-year history.
"Our company's paramount concern is for the safety and healthof consumers," said Tanya Ward, National Steak and Poultry's seniormanager of quality assurance.
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