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Organic Beef Recall Affects Six States, Joins Vegetable Recall


Organic beef consumers in six states should check their ground beef packages before preparing their New Year’s chili and burgers. First Class Foods, Inc., of Hawthorne, California, is recalling about 34,373 pounds of its organic beef products because of possible E. coli contamination. This recall comes on the heels of a large vegetable recall from a Texas company.

Nature’s Harvest organic beef products are recalled

Notification of the organic beef recall comes from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The three products on the recall list are Nature’s Harvest products and have the establishment number “EST. 18895: along with a Pack Date of “10341” and “10350.”

The three products recalled include:

  • 16-oz packages of Nature’s Harvest Organic Ground Beef Brick sold singly with “Use” and “Freeze by” dates of 12/30/10 or 01/08/11
  • 16-oz package of Organic Harvest Organic Ground Beef Brick sold singly and in three-packs with “Use” and “Freeze by” dates of 12/28/10 and 01/06/11
  • 16-oz packages of Nature’s Harvest Ground Patty with four 4-oz patties and “Use” or “Freeze by” dates of 12/30/10 and 01/08/11

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Consumers can view the product labels online for help with identification.

All the products were shipped to retail establishments in six states: California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Washington state. The list of distributors will be posted on the FSIS website when available. Consumers can contact Lucienne Adams of First Class Foods at 310-676-2500 with any questions about the recall.

This latest beef recall comes several days after a vegetable recall that is affecting 16 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The Texas product company J&D Produce Inc. had originally recalled about 7,000 cases of Salmonella-tainted cilantro and curly parsley, but on December 30 added 18 other vegetables to the recall list.

The additional vegetables were added to the list because of possible cross contamination. All the produce has the brand name Little Bear, and a complete list of the recalled vegetables is online.

These latest food recalls of organic beef and vegetables are a stark reminder that consumers need to be extremely careful with food handling and preparation, as organisms such as E. coli and Salmonella can have dire consequences for anyone, but especially young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Food recalls can be monitored through the FSIS and the Food and Drug Administration.

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