Seven tons (equivalent to more than 14,000 pounds) of ground beef has been recalled in ten states on Tuesday after federal authorities announced that it was tainted with E. coli bacteria.
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef—a wholesale distributor of ground beef located in Arkansas City, Kansas and owned by Sun Capital Partners—recalled its products from its retail clients in ten different states after the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) announced that independent laboratory testing made on the company's products confirmed that the beef were contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
According to CNN News, the contaminated beef were processed on February 22, 2011. They were then shipped to retail firms located in ten states—Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington—where they are further processed and repackaged in smaller quantities.
Despite the announcement made by the FSIS, no information regarding the contaminated beef has been posted by the company on it's website where they have assured their clients of the quality of their products as having a program that is "one of the few branded programs certified by the USDA."
Currently, the FSIS is trying to trace the various retail stores that may have already sold the contaminated beef. As of this posting time, only 28 specific outlets—all located in Missouri—have been identified. Included in these outlets are Price Cutter, Ramey, Country Market, Murfin, Mike's Market, Smitty, and Bistro Market.
The ground beef recall affects four 40-pound cases of various ground beef products and one 60-pound case of ground beef products. All of the tainted beef will have an establishment number "EST 27" printed within the USDA mark of inspection.
E. coli O157:H7 is considered to be the most notorious type of pathogenic E. coli bacteria. Commonly acquired when eating undercooked beef, E. coli O157:H7 causes a variety of symptoms including nausea, stomach cramps, and hemorrhagic diarrhea. If not treated immediately, infection brought about by this strain of bacteria can lead to permanent disability and death.