USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Huntington Meat Packing in Montebello, Calif. is recalling approximately 864,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The agency discovered the problem while conducting a Food Safety Assessment, which ultimately prompted a further investigation of establishment records. The investigation is ongoing.
Products, consisting of ground beef products produced by the plant from January 5, 2010, to January 15, 2010, are subject to recall. Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label. The products were shipped to distribution centers, restaurants and hotels in California. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
During a subsequent review of the establishment's records, FSIS also determined additional products produced and shipped in 2008 to be adulterated because they may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. As a result, products produced from February 19, 2008, to May 15, 2008, are subject to recall. Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 17967" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a label.