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Georgia is one of the 12 states affected by a massive, "Class I" recall of beef from a Kansas company, according to the United States Department of Agriculture website.
Approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef from the National Beef Packing Company may be contaminated with E. coli.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says retail packages bearing the establishment number EST. 208A with a "Use By/Sell By Date" of June 14, 2013 are part of the recall.
That includes the following:
10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code "0481."
10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code "0421."
10 lb. packages of "National Beef" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code "0484."
These packages were also shipped to places in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona.
Routine monitoring found E.coli in this shipment of beef and the resulting investigation traced it back to the company in Kansas. No illnesses from the beef have been reported.
Though many recover from their symptoms -- dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps -- after a week, E. coli can be deadly, leading to HUS, a type of kidney failure. This happens most often in children under age 5 and in older adults. HUS is marked by fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, irritability, unexplained bruises, nose and mouth bleeding, swelling and decreased urination. People with those symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.
Anyone with questions about the recall can call 877-857-4143 for details about the recall and the reimbursement policy.
No retail distribution list has been made available at this time.