Beef Tongue Root Fillet recalled
National Beef Packing Company, of Dodge City, Kan., is recalling beef tongue root filet products that may be ,contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Beef tongue root is the tissue surrounding the base of the tongue.
The following product that is subject to recall:
30-lb. boxes of “National Beef” Beef Tongue Root Filet, Product Code “12753.” These products bear the establishment number “EST. 262” inside the USDA mark of inspection and include a pack date of “081913A.”
The products were produced on August 19, 2013, and were shipped to a distributor in Amarillo, Texas, for further processing. No reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
To safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-877-857-4143, or visit National Beef’s website at www.nationalbeef.com for details about the recall and the company’s return and reimbursement policy. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact National Beef’s Spokesperson, Keith Welty, at (816) 713-8631.