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Beef and E. coli: the bad start to 2010 continues

Today, the USDA’s food inspection branch (FSIS) announced the recall of 846,000 pounds of ground beef products produced by a California company called Huntington Meat Packing, Inc., due, of course, to potential contamination by E. coli O157:H7.  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.  For anybody keeping a running tally, with the addition of today’s large recall, beef companies have recalled 1,640,000 pounds of beef products since November.  Its a little scary to think where this number may end up come December 2010.