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USDA recalls 850,000 pounds of beef due to E. coli risk

Posted On Tue, January 19, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the recall of more than 850,000 pounds of beef from a Montebello, California-based meat packing plant after it was determined the product may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The USDA announced the Class I recall of 864,000 pounds of beef products from Huntington Meat Packing Inc. on Monday after Food Safety Assessment by the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Services came back with reason for further investigation due to potential E. coli contamination.

The products in question were produced between January 5 and 15 and were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants, and hotels within California.

Additionally the USDA also announced that follow-up tests of beef products produced between February 19 and May 15, 2008 might have also been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

For families who think they have ingested the potentially contaminated beef and have young or elderly members suffering from symptoms consistent with E. coli, immediate medical care may be needed to prevent kidney failure, especially if it concerns one with a weakened immune system.

In situations like these, having appropriate health insurance coverage is a must in order to get the proper medical attention without having to spend exorbitantly high prices.

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