Presence of E. coli Initiates Recall For Brown Packing Company

Presence of E. coli Initiates Recall For Brown Packing Company
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July 24, 2015

Brown Packing Company is recalling an undetermined amount of beef (veal) trimmings after the discovery that it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157. The announcement was made July 23 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (UDSA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The raw, boneless beef (veal) trimmings were produced between Feb. 21, 2014 and July 17, 2015. The products bear the establishment number "EST. 167" and includes lot code numbers 4000 through 4313 and 5167 through 5365. The tainted meat was sold in retail locations in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Products specifically listed in the recall are boxes of "Dutch Valley Veal" weighing approximately 60 pounds and various weight generically labeled combo bins of fresh of beef veal trimmings.

E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC are potentially deadly bacteria that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

FSIS and the company have received no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products, but are concerned that some of the product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

Consumers with questions should contact Mike Jedlicka, the operations director for Brown Packing Company, at (708) 849-7990.