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248,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled

December 28, 2009


| WASHINGTON | December 24, 2009 | The Oklahoma-based company, National Steak and Poultry is recalling approximately 248,000 pounds of beef products. The recalled products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the announcement Thursday, December 24, 2009. The products were distributed to restaurants nationwide. Consumers should be aware that some of the products were distributed in Washington State.


The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) became aware of the problem during the course of an investigation of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health and agriculture departments, FSIS determined that there is a link between non-intact steaks (blade tenderized prior to further processing) and illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a physician.

  • 4-ounce "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "SC68408."
  • 6-ounce "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "SP680608."
  • 8-ounce "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "SC68808"
  • 9-ounce "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "SC68908."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF TIPS," with an identifying case code of "69108."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK" with an identifying case code of "XXSP68008."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY SAVORY SIRLOIN TIPS" with an identifying case code of "XX69008."
  • 5-ounce "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BACON WRAPPED BEEF FILLET," with an identifying case code of "23508."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY USDA SELECT BEEF SHOULDER MARINATED TENDER MEDALLIONS" with an identifying case code of "23289."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY 75% BONELESS BEEF TRIMMINGS," with an identifying case code of "33575."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF TRIMMINGS," with an identifying case code of "36545."
  • "NATIONAL STEAK AND POULTRY BEEF SIRLOIN PHILLY STEAK," with an identifying case code of "88008."
  • 4-ounce "EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "680425."
  • 7-ounce "EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK," with an identifying case code of "69725."
  • 9-ounce "EGN BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN TRI TIP STEAK," with an identifying case code of "680925."
  • 7-ounce "KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "680715."
  • 9-ounce "KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "680915."
  • 12-ounce "KRM BONELESS BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK," with an identifying case code of "680215."
  • 8-ounce "CARINO'S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK," with an identifying case code of "130874."
  • "CARINO'S BONELESS BEEF OUTSIDE SKIRT STEAK PIECES," with an identifying case code of "13074."
  • "MOE'S BEEF STEAK," with an identifying case code of "78027."

Each package bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 6010T" inside the USDA mark of inspection, respective case codes cited above, and packaging dates of "10/12/2009," "10/13/2009," "10/14/2009," or "10/21/2009." These products were shipped to restaurants nationwide.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed the company's hotline at (866) 439-7348.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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