Is any food safe anymore? Lately it feels like we’re living Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. A company in Kansas is recalling about 50,000 pounds of ground beef in speculation that it’s infected with E. coli, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
According to CNN, the beef comes from The National Beef Packing Co. and the USDA said that it might be contaminated with E. coli. The Food Safety and Inspection Service noticed a possible contamination during the routine inspection. The products that have been voluntarily recalled are NatureSource Natural Beef, Naturewell Natural Beef, and National Beef commodity ground beef, after the beef was sold in 40 to 60 pound cases to national distributors. There have been no reported illnesses due to the meat yet and it’s still undetermined if the ground beef has been sold in stores yet.
The specific strand of E. coli in question is O157:H7, a sometimes-fatal strand that is typically found in raw beef and spinach and salad mixes. National Beef Packing Co. previously had to recall nearly 22,000 pounds of beef back in June of this year due to this same issue. Next time you buy ground beef, you might want to double check where it’s coming from.