National Beef Parking Co. in Liberal, Kansas has voluntarily recalled 50,000 pounds of its ground beef products which were sold nationwide. The same company also recalled 20,000 pounds of ground beef products in June. Both times the company has been concerned that the food product may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli. An inspection by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), resulted in a positive test for E. coli O157:H7.

National Beef Parking Co. has announced a “voluntary recall for NatureSource Natural Beef, Naturewell Natural Beef and National Beef commodity ground beef.” The company also said, “We are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter and are contacting our customers who have purchased this product.” The products recalled were manufactured on July 18 and the use by/freeze by date reads as August 7. The products were sold across the nation in cases weighing 40 to 60 pounds. Buyers included food service distributors, retailers and wholesalers. FSIS will later release a retailer distribution list online.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76,000 people are infected with the bacteria E. coli annually. The USDA says E. coli causes dehydration, diarrhea, and in severe instances, kidney failure. Elderly people, children and those with susceptible immune systems are the most at risk for contracting it. According to the CDC, some types of E. coli cause urinary tract infection, pneumonia and respiratory problems. No one has reported being sick from National Beef Parking Co.’s products in this recall.

To protect oneself from being infected with E. coli, it is important to properly cook raw meat to the correct temperature. The best way to check the internal temperature of your food is to measure it with a food thermometer. Ground beef should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you or someone you know has been ill due to contaminated food, do not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer. Call AA Accident Attorneys today for a free consultation with a product liability lawyer. In the state of California, the manufacturer of the product may be liable for illness or injury caused to you because of a problem in the manufacturing process or because of insufficient warning to you concerning the dangers of using or consuming the product. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the damages you have endured due to the actions of a negligent party.

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