Beef Products Recalled due to Possible E. Coli

Nathan ReadingA Fort Worth meat products company is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products because of possible contamination with E. coli O103, E. coli O111, E. coli O121, E. coli O145, E. coli O26 and E. coli O45 after U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors announced the presumption of possible contamination on February 4th.

The following products are subject to FSIS recall:

•    10.5-lb. boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak, with a pack date of “12/13/13”
•    20-lb. boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, with a pack date of “12/05/13”
•    15-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajita, with a use by date of “1/13/14”
•    40-lb. boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts, with a pack date of “12/5/13”
•    20-lb. boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, with a pack date of “12/9/13”
•    10-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajitas, with a pack date of “12/9/2013”
•    40-lb. boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajitas w/Binder, with a pack date of “12/9/2013”
•    12-lb. boxes of Seasoned Beef for Fajitas, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of “1/15/14”
•    12-lb. boxes of Mexican Style Beef for Fajita, containing 6 2-lb. packs, with a use by date of “1/11/14”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “Est. 34715” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced on Dec. 5, 2013, and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Arizona, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products and the recall is a precautionary measure. .Signs of possible poisoning can develop in a matter of hours or days. Initial signs of infection are diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Positive identification of an E. coli infection involves testing a stool sample.

Most who are infected do recover in a relatively short amount of time within about a week. In rare cases, however, some people may develop a more severe infection and can occur in people of any age. More severe cases do tend to be most prevalent in children under 7 years of age or adult with weakened immune systems. A more severe infection will be marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS advises that all consumers properly and safely prepare their raw meat products and to only consume meat that has been cooked to a temperature of 145° F with a 3-minute rest time. The only way to confirm that meat has in fact been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is by using a food thermometer.

If you or a loved one has become ill and a food borne illness such as E. coli is suspected, after you have seen a doctor, give us a call. Food poisoning can be disconcerting and even deadly. You have rights to compensation for any medical costs, long term treatment, the tragedy of funeral costs as well as pain and suffering. One of our attorneys will sit down with you and discuss your case and the best way to proceed. We have years of successfully representing our clients in the Dallas courts, and we can do the same for you. Call the number on your screen or use the contact form here on our website to schedule a confidential initial consultation and legal analysis at no cost to you.

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