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Company Recalls 50K Lbs of Ground Beef over Positive E. Coli Test

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- National Beef Packing Company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli.

In a press release Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said one of the Liberal, Kan.-based company's products tested positive for E.coli O157:H7.  The contamination was discovered during routine FSIS monitoring.

"An investigation determined National Beef Packing Co. was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product," FSIS said in the release.

"FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products," it added.

The products in question "bear the establishment number 'EST. 208A' inside the USDA mark of inspection," according to FSIS. They were produced on July 18, 2013, and shipped nationwide to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors in 40 to 60 pound cases.

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