Nebraska Beef Ltd. continues production under increased testing

 

By Janie Gabbett on 8/12/2008

 

Source of Article: www.meatingplace.com

 

Three days after its second large beef recall in less than two months, Nebraska Beef Ltd. is continuing production under increased testing and scrutiny, according to media reports.

No E. coli bacteria has been found in products made since July 8, company spokesman William Lamson Jr. told the Omaha World Herald. He said Nebraska Beef has increased product testing and hired a consultant to review its food safety procedures.

On Friday, the company recalled 1.2 million pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and might have sickened 31 people in 12 states. (See Nebraska Beef recalls primal, subprimal and boxed beef on Meatingplace.com, August 11, 2008.) Retailers including Whole Foods Market and Kroger Co. have since recalled beef products associated with Nebraska Beef.

Friday's recall followed Nebraska Beef's June 30 recall of 531,707 pounds of ground beef, which was expanded on July 3 to 5.3 million pounds of ground beef that was linked to 49 illnesses in seven states.

On July 11, USDA signed off on corrective actions that Nebraska Beef Ltd. proposed following the ground beef recalls. USDA spokeswoman Laura Reiser told the Associated Press the corrective actions the agency approved at that time only applied to E. coli 0157:H7 strain linked to the ground beef-related illnesses.

She said information compiled after the ground beef recall showed another strain of E. coli O157:H7 bacterium in other beef products. This strain, linked to 31 illnesses in 12 states, traced back to primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef processed by Nebraska Beef and sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing. 

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