A ground beef recall was initiated this week by a Kansas meat processing plant after it was discovered the product might be contaminated with E.coli bacteria.
“This recall is voluntary, and there have been no reported illnesses related to the recall. We are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter and are contacting our customers who have purchased this product,” the Liberal, Kan.-based National Beef Packing Company said in a statement.
The recall is regional and affects 22,737 pounds of ground beef that was produced on May 25, 2013, the statement said. It has a use by and freeze date of June 14, 2013.
The beef was shipped in clear, 10-pound “chubs” and was “shipped to a limited number of wholesale and food service distributors and military commissaries in approximately 70 lbs. boxes,” it reads.
The USDA said the recall specifically affects 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck with the package code “0481,” 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef with the package code “0421,” and 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck with the package code “0484.”
The beef was shipped to locations in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Arizona.