Tri State Beef, a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 228,596 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued today.
The following product is subject to recall:
- Combo bins of “TRI-STATE BEEF CO., INC BONELESS BEEF.”
Each bin bears the establishment number “EST. 1750” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between July 19, 2011 and July 22, 2011, and sold to federally-inspected establishments for further processing and distribution in Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Iowa and Virginia.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS testing which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS notes in its press release that “these products were distributed to facilities where they were cooked and as a result received full-lethality treatment, which would effectively kill the E. coli O157:H7 pathogen in the products.”
Despite that, E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, it can lead to the severe complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s attorney, Mark Fitch, at (513) 731-8459.