Tri State Beef, Cincinnati, Ohio, is recalling approximately 228,596 lbs of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced July 27.
The product subject to recall is Tri-State Beef Co. Inc. Boneless Beef. Each bin bears the establishment number "EST. 1750" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between July 19, 2011 and July 22, 2011, and sold to federally-inspected establishments for further processing and distribution in Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Iowa, and Va.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS testing which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. It should be noted that these products were distributed to facilities where they were cooked and as a result received full-lethality treatment, which would effectively kill the E. coli O157:H7 pathogen in the products.
Because the products were shipped into commerce they are subject to recall, even though they were shipped to other federally-inspected establishments where they received full-lethality treatment and would no longer be considered adulterated.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.