Contamination Spurs Recalls of Ground Beef, Bacon

Less than two weeks after a salmonella outbreak triggered a massive recall of ground turkey, new contamination concerns have led to two more meat recalls.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Beef Packing Co. of Dodge City, Kan., has recalled more than 60,000 pounds of ground beef because it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The problem was discovered through routine testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the contamination later was traced to a Kansas slaughterhouse.

The recall is focused on products sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, though the meat may have been distributed nationwide, The Associated Press reports. Four major grocery store chains — Winn Dixie, Kroger, Sam’s Club and Publix —  are participating in the recall.

E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, among other health problems, alththough the USDA says no reports of illnesses related to the new salmonella outbreak have been received.

Separately, Aliments Prince of Ontario, Canada, has recalled 380,000 pounds of diced bacon products after routine testing revealed that that they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, the USDA said.

As CNN reports, no illnesses have been reported, and the company is still looking into whether the products made it into stores. Most of the products are with distributors in North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois.

Listeria infection, or listeriosis, is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. It can cause high fever, neck stiffness and severe headaches.

In another case of listeria contamination, the California company Fresh Food Concepts has recalled several layer dip products containing guacamole.

The latest meat recalls follow Cargill Inc.’s announcement earlier this month that it would recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey. Official reports link the contaminated turkey to one death and at least 106 other cases of illnesses.

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One comment to “Contamination Spurs Recalls of Ground Beef, Bacon”

  1. Gustaaf van der Feltz

    The Hague, August 16th 2011
    Dear editors of Fair Warning,

    Re: An approved processing aid against Listeria

    On the internet I read that National Beef Packing Co ‘products, which were already in the shops, were contaminated with Listeria and had to be recalled. I hope – with you – this recall was in time and consumers did not eat the product and get the deadly listeriosis.

    I am writing to you because I am a former listeriosis patient. Luckily I had a strong enough immune system so I did not die, but I was very, very sick!

    I gather you do not know of the product called LISTEX. Listex is a safe (FDA approved as GRAS = Generally Recognised as Safe) phage preparation produced by the Dutch company Micreos Food Safety in Wageningen. (See link: . ) It is also approved as a processing aid by Health Canada and in many other countries. It is a natural and relatively inexpensive product, much cheaper than destructing a great lot of good product or having to worry night and day about possible product contaminations with Listeria or the bad reputation you can get in your business. A great amount of advertising money down the drain! Above that a lot of investing to save your revenue!

    Micreos’ website is: . In my view it is worthwhile to contact them. They are working worldwide. On the site you will see how it works. The product can also be used on all organic products (OMRI listed), it is effective against only Listeria (leaving even the ‘good’ bacteria in place), and has no effect on any other food properties (color, odor, texture, taste).

    It could also be valuable for a company to use Listex, because it is an approved and effective measure against Listeria monocytogenes and every food producer can use it. Because of the high risk associated with Listeria, if the company does not take measures against it, they could expose themself to liability. Sadly, more than 400 deaths in Canada and the USA underscore this!
    Listex is very well known in the food business, it was honoured with the gold award of the Food Ingredients Europe.

    Contacting can mean the salvage of a company. And also can save many deaths and illnesses like mine!

    To be precise: I am not on the pay list of Micreos Food Safety, I am just working to ban the Listeria bacteria. I do not want other people to suffer from listeriose like I did.

    May I ask you your opinion on how to ban Listeriose on my e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required

    Thank you in advance!

    Gustaaf van der Feltz ( email hidden; JavaScript is required )

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