October 10, 2008


Florida firm recalls frozen beef products due to suspected E.coli


A.C.S. Meyners Ltda., a Ponte Verde, Fl., establishment, is recalling approximately 20,460 pounds of frozen beef trim that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today, Friday, 10 October 2008.


The products that will be recalled are 60-pound bulk boxes of ''BM-95 BONELESS BEEF.'' Each shipping container bears the establishment number ''Nicaragua 4'' inside the Nicaraguan mark of inspection. The shipping label bears the item number ''00003,'' and pack date of ''8-19-08.''


The frozen beef trim products were produced on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 and were exported to the US and sent to distributors and establishments in New York and Pennsylvania. These products were sent to establishments for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number ''Nicaragua 4'' on products available for direct consumer purchase.


The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling of imported product from a foreign establishment that was then sent to multiple importers of record in the US. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.


E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

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