Ground beef products recalled over possible E. coli contamination


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Tuesday that routine monitoring confirmed a positive test for E. coli in the meat from Commercial Meat Co.

No illnesses have been reported so far.

The following ground beef products are subject to recall:

  • 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 lb. cases of bulk ground beef
  • 5, 10 and 20 lb. cases of ground beef patties
  • 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 50 lb. cases of ground beef taco
  • 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 lb. cases of ground beef chili

The recalled ground beef products bear the number "EST. 4873" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced between Sept. 7, 2011 and Oct. 6, 2011, and were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada.

E. coli is a bacterium that's potentially deadly, especially for young children, seniors and people with weak immune systems. It can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the company's manager, Neil Brown, at (213) 622-6997.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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