Organic ground beef products are being recalled in South Carolina because the meat could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, according to news reports .
Nearly 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products are being recalled, First Class Foods, Inc., of Hawthorne, Calif., announced Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The meat affected by the recall includes:
- 16-oz. packages of "NATURE'S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK" sold singly with one of the following "USE or FREEZE by" dates: "12/30/10" or "01/08/11."
- 16-oz. packages of "ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK" sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following "USE or FREEZE by" dates: "12/28/10" or "01/06/11."
- 16-oz. packages of NATURE'S HARVEST GROUND PATTY" containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following "USE or FREEZE by" date: "12/30/10" or "01/08/11"
Consumers can identify the ground beef by the establishment number "EST. 18895" as well as the identifying Pack Date of "10341 and 10350 Julian date. The beef was produced on Dec. 7, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Washington.
As a North Charleston foodborne illness attorney , I urge consumers to check their refrigerators for this brand of ground beef and throw it out or return it to the store of purchase for a refund. E. coli is a potentially fatal foodborne illness that can cause a diarrheal illness and develop into kidney failure. If you believe you were sickened by a foodborne bacteria contact a doctor and have your case evaluated by a South Carolina personal injury lawyer .