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Orange County restaurants affected by dangerous E.coli beef recall


Posted on Jun 23, 2010

More than 35,000 pounds of beef have been recalled by a Southern California meat distributor because the ground beef may be contaminated with a dangerous strain of the bacteria E. coli.
 
South Gate Meat Company of Los Angeles issued the recall on the evening of Tuesday, June 22.  The meat was distributed to restaurants in Orange County and Los Angeles County.  
 
The meat was produced between June 7 and June 21.  Each package has the establishment number “EST. 6217” inside the USDA’s mark of inspection.
 
The affected products include:
 
20-, 30- and 40-pound bulk packages labeled "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF."
30-, 40-, and 50-pound bulk packages labeled "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. COARSE GROUND BEEF."
10- and 20-pound packages labeled "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTIES."
 
The contamination occurred at the slaughterhouse and the source is under investigation.
 
E. coli strain 0517:H7 may cause the following symptoms:
 
Severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness
Diarrhea, watery at first, but often becoming very bloody
Nausea and vomiting
 
This strain of E. coli may also lead to severe blood and kidney problems that cause kidney failure, long-term disability or even death.  

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