Chicago Company Recalls Meat for E. Coli Concerns

May 19, 2008

Federal officials say a Chicago-based company is recalling beef products distributed in 11 states because of possible E. coli contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Saturday, May 17th that no illnesses have been reported from the meat, produced by JSM Meat Holdings Co. The agency was uncertain how much meat is being recalled.

The meat being recalled is used in ground beef products. Included are 30-pound and 60-pound boxes and 47-gallon barrels of “MORREALE MEAT” beef products. The products have the number “EST. 6872” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products have 15 different labels including, Boneless Chucks, Boneless Clods, Flat Rounds, Gooseneck Rounds and Knuckle.

A message left for a company spokesman by the Associated Press after business hours wasn’t immediately returned.

The states affected are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

E. coli, a potentially deadly bacteria, can cause diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure.

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