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Published On: Sat, Aug 10th, 2013

More than six tons of veal recalled due to E. coli risk, multiple strains detected during testing

New York firm, United Processing LLC, issued a recall yesterday of over 12,000 pounds of boneless veal products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O145 and E. coli O45, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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The product is 60 pound boxes of boneless veal. The products recalled have the establishment number “M-27450″ inside the USDA mark of inspection on a generic box label. The veal was produced on June 17, 18, 24, 28, and 29, 2013 and distributed to wholesalers in New York and California for further processing.

FSIS became aware of the problem during inspection program personnel review. The firm sampled the product per their food safety program, and inadvertently shipped the product into commerce.

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

According to food safety officials, “Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 because it is harder to identify.”

Infections from any of these strains can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).

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