Oklahoma firm recalling beef products in six states

CHICAGO Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:31pm EST

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Oklahoma company said it was voluntarily recalling 248,000 lbs (112,000 kg) of beef products in six states following an outbreak of illnesses involving E. coli bacteria.

In a recorded telephone message, National Steak and Poultry of Owasso, Oklahoma, said it was recalling various products in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, and Washington state.

The company said it was cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service as a precautionary measure because some of its beef products might be linked to a series of E. coli-linked illnesses in the six states.

The company did not confirm any contaminations at its production facilities, but said it "will err on the side of being cautious" by recalling the products.

"This is the first recall in our company's nearly 30-year history," the firm said in its recorded message on a consumer hotline.

On its website (www.nationalsteak.com/), National Steak and Poultry describes itself as "beef and poultry marination innovators since 1980," offering fully cooked and fresh frozen beef and poultry.

(Reporting by Jim Marshall; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (9)
2big2fail wrote:
What stores was this beef sold in?

Dec 26, 2009 5:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thinkbeaware wrote:
Almost all commercial cattle are fed corn based diets. Cows are designed to eat grass and graze, not be stuffed into cramped lots filled with feces and fed corn. When you don’t buy grass-fed or pasture-raised beef, you are supporting this bad method of cattle production. When you eat fast food hamburgers, you are also supporting this bad method in a huge way. Cows that eat grass have much much less of the bad bacteria in their intestines. O157:H7 is much more than “serious food poisoning”. Complications can include days of bloody diarrhea due to intestinal membrane hemorrhaging, blood cell and platelet destruction, seizures, kidney failure, and coma, followed by death. You vote with your wallet. Go watch the film Food,Inc. Do your own research on cattle production in America. Also,research 0157:H7.

Dec 27, 2009 7:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
ANgieR wrote:
Feed lot cows can shed 70 – 80% of their ecoli load if the producers would move them to a grass pasture for a week before processing them. They know this. They refuse to do this as it will cost them profits. Stop buying the corn fed commercial beef and you stop 99% of the beef based illness.

Dec 27, 2009 9:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
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