California firm recalls ground beef products

January 3, 2011

First Class Foods Inc., Hawthorne, Calif., is recalling approximately 34,373 lbs of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Dec. 30, 2010.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 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-oz patties with the following Use or Freeze by dates: 12-30-10 or 01-08-11

Each package label bears the establishment number EST. 18895 as well as the identifying pack date of 10341 and 10350 Julian date. These ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7 and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Washington.

The problem was discovered through company microbiological sampling that confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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