248,000 pounds of beef recalled due to E. coli danger; 21 people sick

Legal news for product liability attorneys. National Steak and Poultry recalls beef due to potential contamination.

Product liability lawyers alert- Thousands of pounds of beef were recalled due to an E. coli contamination threat.

Tulsa, OK—The U.S. Agriculture Department and the National Steak and Poultry have voluntarily recalled nearly 248,000 pounds of beef that they believe may be contaminated with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli bacteria. The recall was announced on Thursday, December 24, 2009, as reported by The Washington Post.

The recall was initiated after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was alerted of the possibility of the potentially lethal E. coli contamination while conducting an investigation on a cluster of illnesses. They discovered a link between non-intact stakes—which were blade tenderized before food processing—and the illnesses that arose in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington. There have been 21 reports of people becoming sick in 16 different states; nine people were hospitalized. The products were shipped to restaurants across the country, which included Moe’s, Carino’s Italian Grill, and KRM restaurants in the six states.

The recalled products includes different sizes of the National Steak and Poultry’s Boneless Beef Tips, Savory Sirloin Tips, Bacon Wrapped Beef Fillet, Beef Shoulder Marinated Tender Medallions, 75 percent Boneless Beef Trimmings, Beef Trimmings and Beef Sirloin Philly Steak. In addition, various sizes of the EGN Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak, EGN Boneless Beef Sirloin Tri Tip Steak, KRM Boneless Beef Sirloin Steak, Carino’s Boneless Beef Outside Skirt Steak, Carino’s Boneless Beef Outside Skirt Steak Pieces, and Moe’s Beef Steak were also recalled. The recalled products can be identified by the establishment number “EST. 6010T” on the label inside the USDA mark of inspection, and the packaging dates of 10/12/2009, 10/13/2009, 10/14/2009, or 0/21/2009, as reported by ABC News.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.