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Beef recall: Is your beef safe from E. coli contamination?

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With the many food recalls our country faces it is good to be aware of those recently hitting the news. Beef is used in many recipes and served daily by numerous consumers so it is important to know which products are safe and which ones hit the latest recall list.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service news release on Feb.4 a Texas firm is recalling beef products due to a possible contamination of E. coli. PFP Enterprises from Fort Worth, Texas is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products they believe are contaminated with the following strains of E. coli: O103, O111, O121, O145, O26 and O45.

The following beef products are being recalled:

10.5-lb. boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak – packaged on 12/13/13

20-lb. boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced – packaged on 12/05/13

15-lb. boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajita – packaged on 1/13/14

40-lb. boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts – packaged on 12/5/13

20-lb. boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned – packaged on 12/9/13

10-lb. boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas – packaged on 12/9/2013

40-lb. boxes of Pre-seasoned Beef for Fajitas w/Binder – packaged on 12/9/2013

12-lb. boxes of Seasoned Beef for Fajitas, containing 6 2-lb. packs – packaged on 1/15/14

12-lb. boxes of Mexican Style Beef for Fajita, containing 6 2-lb. packs – use by 1/11/14

The USDA Mark of Inspection has given these products a reference number of: EST. 34715 and were distributed to retail stores and restaurants in the following areas: Arizona, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

All of these beef products on the recall list have been deemed unsafe for human consumption and should be returned to the retailer they were purchased from. For more information about this recall call the toll-free number at the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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