Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beef Possibly Contaminated by E. Coli Recalled

Food manufacturing companies are expected to produce quality foods that are safe eating to eat. Product recalls may be initiated if it was proven that the company has failed to fulfill such duty.

About 864,000 pounds of ground beef, possibly affected by E. coli, were recently recalled by a southern California meat-packing firm.

According to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, there were no reported illnesses from the pound beef sold by Montebello based Huntington Meat Packing Inc., under the Huntington, El Rancho, and Imperial Meat Co. brands.

The contaminated beef was already sold to restaurants, hotels, and distribution centers in California between Jan. 5 and Jan. 15, 2010 and Feb. 19 and May 15, 2008.

Reports said that department personnel noticed the problem while a food safety assessment is being conducted.

If the department did not discover the problem and the infected beef was made available for public consumption, people may suddenly suffer from dehydration, bloody diarrhea, or even kidney failure due to the deadly germ that the food might be contaminated with.

All food manufacturers should carefully do their job because they may be held liable if someone acquired an illness after eating a contaminated food produced by them. In addition, being extremely careful while manufacturing a certain kind of product, not limited to foods, will save the company from different legal problems that may be brought by product recalls.