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« on: December 28, 2007, 02:01:42 PM »

Fri Dec 28, 9:48 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators have issued a public health alert for about 14,800 pounds of missing ground beef products that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, the Department of Agriculture said on Thursday.

The alert came after a trailer containing the ground beef was reported stolen by Texas American Food Service Corporation, the USDA said in a statement.

The firm, based in Fort Worth, Texas, does business as American Fresh Foods. A company spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 illness, the strain associated with the alert, include potentially severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly and people with poor immune systems are most vulnerable.

The USDA's public health alert covers ground beef products packaged for consumer use carrying the establishment number "EST. 13116" on the package labels. Bulk products carry labels bearing the establishment number "EST. 13116."

The ground beef was produced on December 19.

(Editing by Alan Elsner)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071228/hl_nm/beef_ecoli_alert_dc_3;_ylt=AjwOFw9cPYJSOopKRrsR.QcE1vAI
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007, 02:28:40 PM »

Who would steal a truck full of ground beef...especially e.coli contaminated ground beef Huh

It is indeed a very strange world we live in Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007, 05:42:07 PM »

& what was the contaminated beef doing in a trailer that could be stolen--even scarier!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 07:50:35 PM »

     I imagine that the ground beef was packed into the trailer for transport somewhere for disposal if they knew it was contaminated.  Don't really know how else one could transport that much beef.  I doubt that the thought ever crossed anyone's mind that the trailer would be stolen!  Strange indeed. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007, 08:04:40 PM »

but the question for me is . . .  did anyone know about this contaminated beef? this beef isn't the same as the Safeway recall from what i can tell. this is a new batch. i hadn't heard about it until it was stolen. the ground beef was produced on the 19th, but they don't say when it was stolen, OR if we should be looking out for other beef from this place . . .

guess we should thank the thieves for the alert?!  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007, 03:10:13 AM »

Here is the health alert from the USDA/FSIS re Texas American Food Service Corporation, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment doing business as American Fresh Foods re the trailer of E. coli O157:H7 tainted ground beef, delivered to my mailbox on the 27th of December 2007.

"WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 14,800 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, that were produced by Texas American Food Service Corporation, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment doing business as American Fresh Foods. This public health alert was initiated after a trailer containing the products was reported stolen by the company.

The consumer products subject to this public health alert include:   
 
2-pound approximate weight packages of "73/27 GROUND BEEF" bearing a sell-by date of "12.30.07"

2-pound approximate weight packages of "80/20 GROUND BEEF CHUCK" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

1-pound approximate weight packages of "85/15 GROUND BEEF ROUND" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

1-pound approximate weight packages of "90/10 GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

1-pound approximate weight packages of "96/04 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 4% FAT" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

Each package label bears the establishment number "EST. 13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the company name "American Fresh Foods, Ft. Worth, TX 76102" below the nutrition information. Each package has a net weight of approximately 1 to 2 pounds.

Bulk product also subject to this health alert include:

40-pound "net wt." box of "73/27 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

260-pound "net wt." combo bin of " CHUCK 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

370-pound "net wt." combo bin of "SIRLOIN 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK"

Each bulk product label bears the establishment number "EST. 13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a date of "12-19-07" with the production information filled in by hand.

The consumer and bulk ground beef products were produced on Dec. 19, 2007.

Consumers should check for these products in their homes and should NOT eat these products. Immediately contact the company if unopened packages are found and do NOT throw them away intact. Opened packages should be destroyed and immediately reported to the company at the number below.

Consumers and media with questions about the public health alert should contact the company's consumer toll-free hotline at 1-800-724-1136, beginning Friday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

E. coli O157:H7 H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. No illnesses have been reported. Anyone concerned about illness should contact a physician."

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It might be wise for everyone to subscribe to the USDA alerts, in addition to the FDA ... this is how I learned of the contaminated ground beef on the day of the incident, and it will surely safeguard those who consume beef, poultry or swine, etc.  Don't be surprised, though, when you see the health alerts arrive almost daily!

Sincerely,
Donna

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007, 06:49:58 AM »

so basically, if the truck hadn't been stolen, we wouldn't have been told to check our freezers?
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2007, 07:32:06 AM »

so basically, if the truck hadn't been stolen, we wouldn't have been told to check our freezers?

The way I understand it, the company already knew the meat was bad and therefore it was placed into the truck to be disposed of, so no, we would not have been told. It is only because the company does not know the whereabouts of the product that the alert was issued.

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2007, 10:09:11 AM »

maybe next time they will put some kind of warning on trucks with e coli laced beef in them?  a lock & a notice that the meat contained therein is inedible & dangerous??

bet that meat was headed to the nearest pet food processing plant.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2007, 11:24:50 AM »

so basically, if the truck hadn't been stolen, we wouldn't have been told to check our freezers?

The way I understand it, the company already knew the meat was bad and therefore it was placed into the truck to be disposed of, so no, we would not have been told. It is only because the company does not know the whereabouts of the product that the alert was issued.



so is that all the beef that was bad?! i guess that's where i'm not clear. with their distribution list, it seems odd (in light of recent events) that the only bad meat was on the truck. (no, i'm not JADED! lol!~)  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2007, 01:47:21 PM »

Maybe they gathered it up out of their plant as part of the latest recall that was announced & were getting ready to ship it over to the nearest pet food processing plant.

Last night I looked at the fresh ground beef packages I buy from the grocery store for my dogs & there is nothing on the label but the price & what it is!  I never looked at that before.  No USDA stamp, lot number, anything!  How the heck does the store or buyer check to see if it's part of a bad lot, and is it even USDA inspected?  I buy the over 10 lb packages because they are much cheaper, but even the small expensive packs have the same label on them.  I've been buying it there for months, will talk to the counter people next time.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2007, 02:58:23 PM »

Petslave,

so i guess we are to believe that the company discovered this product produced on the 19th was tainted while still at their plant and nothing ground before, during or after was shipped out and not possibly contaminated? if so, why are we checking our freezers and contacting them if we have unopened packages? could they possibly be investigating if it is more widespread than what was on the truck and they'll get back to us in Feb or March?  Cheesy i guess i would feel more comfortable if they had said "if you bought meat off the street, check your freezer, otherwise don't worry" i just think it's an odd *health alert*. a potential recall masquerading as a health alert, perhaps. there is no recall on the USDA site about this beef . . . .

Klondike,

i'd say it's 3 and 4 based on past experience! lol!~

sadly, i have a feeling this beef ended up in an economically strapped community. perhaps a farm worker one . . . .
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2007, 03:27:45 PM »

hopefully they were stealing the truck, not the meat and the meat got dumped somewhere? quick paint job and new plates and you're in business . . .

i did explain the dangers of stealing trucks and meat to my spotty just in case!    Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2007, 07:58:24 PM »

I think they were probably concerned about someone selling it on the street.  Hard to know whether the thief knew it was in there or not.  There was an incident here in Baltimore a couple months ago where someone stole a tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel.  Thought at first it was some kind of terrorist action.  The truck was found abandoned on the street in D.C. empty.  Turned out the thief sold the fuel to a gas station and they were selling it.  You never know what desperate people will do for money! 
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2007, 09:34:56 PM »

HAH!  Love those pics!  Since it was Texas, I'd go for the Suspect #1, he looks like he's from there.

In some parts of the country, stealing cattle to butcher & sell the meat is a big problem.  Just think if you could get a whole truck full of it already ground & ready to sell, what a windfall income.  That is until all those people that bought from you start getting sick!
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