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HARLAN, Iowa -- Jim's Market and Locker, Inc. here is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,226 pounds of organic ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, after it discovered a problem with the product through microbiological testing.
Jim's Market and Locker Inc. produced the ground beef patties and packages Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and sent it to distributors in Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, and to one retail establishment in Iowa, said the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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The Iowa recall is the first significant one involving ground beef since a Tennessee company recalled some 4,300 pounds in early August, also because of possible E. coli contamination.
Each package in the latest recall bears the establishment number "Est. 2424" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These products are recalled:
-- 10-pound boxes of "PACKED FOR: DAVIS MOUNTAIN ORGANIC BEEF, 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC 3-1 BEEF PATTIES," with lot code G6-540 or G6-544;
-- five-pound packages of "DAVIS MOUNTAINS 100% ORGANIC BEEF, LEAN GROUND BEEF 90/10," with lot code G6-544;
-- one-pound packages of "MASTER CHOICE 100% ORGANIC ANGUS BEEF, 90/10 GROUND BEEF," with lot code G6-544;
-- one-pound packages of "DAVIS MOUNTAINS 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC GROUND BEEF," with lot code G6-544;
-- 10.5-pound boxes of "NEBRASKA, BEEF GROUND BEEF PATTY 6 OZ," with lot code G6-541;
-- 60-pound boxes of "SPECIALLY SELECTED FOR: FARNER-BOCKEN FOOD SERVICE BEEF PATTIE MIX 6/10," with lot code G6-542;
-- one-pound packages of "PACKED FOR: IRWIN COUNTRY STORE, BEEF GROUND BEEF 16 OZ," with lot code G6-541;
-- one-pound blocks of "PACKED FOR: IRWIN COUNTRY STORE, BEEF GROUND BEEF PATTIES 4-1," with code G6-541.
-- 10-pound boxes of "DISTRIBUTED BY: STUBE RANCH, WAGYU BEEF, BEEF GROUND BEEF PATTIES, 8 OZ. PATTIES," with lot code G6-546.
The recent spate of outbreaks has sparked demands to create a new federal agency in charge of food safety. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both New York Democrats, are sponsoring legislation written by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, to create a unified national food safety agency, the creation of which the Food Marketing Institute also supports.