The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that routine testing turned up E. coli O157:H7, a deadly form of the bacterium, in the meat. Produced by National Beef Packing Co., the ground beef was sold in 10 lb. packages with a use-by/sell-by date of June 14.
The company, which sells nationwide, said the beef was shipped to retailers and institutions. The USDA is concerned that some of the packages may be in consumers’ freezers.
E. coli O157:H7 is one of the deadliest foodborne pathogens. Special care should be taken in preparing raw meat and poultry to avoid cross contamination. They should also be thoroughly cooked to killed foodborne pathogens.