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December 28, 2007: Public Health Alert Issued For "Missing" Trailer Of E. coli Contaminated Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Public Health Alert for 14,800 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7...

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The ground beef products were produced by Texas American Food Service Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, which conducts business as American Fresh Foods.

According to FSIS, the public health alert was announced after a trailer containing the ground beef was reported stolen by Texas American Foods Service Corp.

The alert provides consumers with the following set of vague handling and disposal instructions, and some clarification should be provided so this can be accomplished safely:

“Consumers should check for these products in their homes and should NOT eat these products. Immediately contact the company if unopened packages are found and do NOT throw them away intact. Opened packages should be destroyed and immediately reported to the company at the number below.

Consumers and media with questions about the public health alert should contact the company's consumer toll-free hotline at 1-800-724-1136, beginning Friday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.”

Ground beef products subject to the health alert include:

  • 2-pound approximate weight packages of "73/27 GROUND BEEF" bearing a sell-by date of "12.30.07"
  • 2-pound approximate weight packages of "80/20 GROUND BEEF CHUCK" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
  • 1-pound approximate weight packages of "85/15 GROUND BEEF ROUND" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
  • 1-pound approximate weight packages of "90/10 GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
  • 1-pound approximate weight packages of "96/04 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 4% FAT" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

Each package label bears the establishment number "EST. 13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the company name "American Fresh Foods, Ft. Worth, TX 76102" below the nutrition information. Each package has a net weight of approximately 1 to 2 pounds.

Bulk product also subject to this health alert include:

  • 40-pound "net wt." box of "73/27 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"
  • 260-pound "net wt." combo bin of " CHUCK 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"
  • 370-pound "net wt." combo bin of "SIRLOIN 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK"

Each bulk product label bears the establishment number "EST. 13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a date of "12-19-07" with the production information filled in by hand.

The consumer and bulk ground beef products were produced on Dec. 19, 2007.

To learn more about E. coli food poisoning, please see About E. coli and E. coli Food Poisoning Symptoms.

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