Randolph Packing Recalls E. Coli-Tainted Beef. Randolph Packing Co. Inc. of Asheboro, North Carolina is recalling 96,000 lbs of beef products that may be tainted with E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), E. coli is one of the leading causes of food borne illness in the U.S. E. coli O157:H7 is a particularly virulent strain that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems, for instance, people undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are the most susceptible to food borne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
The products subject to this recall were produced on February 25, 2010, and were distributed to federal establishments for further processing in Illinois, Missouri., New York, Ohio, and Virginia. None of these products are available directly to consumers.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the beef products involved in this recall include:
• Combo bin packages of “Randolph Packing Co., Inc. BONELESS BEEF.”
• Combo bin packages of “Randolph Packing Co. Knuckles 90% & 94%.”
• 30 lbs. boxes of “Beef Ribeye Rolls.”
Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 6590″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.
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