Forty thousand pounds of frozen ground beef products that was shipped for distribution to Georgia schools has been recalled by a Texas company because there is a possible contamination from E.coli bacteria. In Amarillo, Texas the Palo Duro Meat produced the meat products on September 9, 2011. The company then shipped them to warehouses in Georgia where they would be transported to 6 school districts and other institutions.
Officials for USDA said they were not aware of the beef having been served in the districts as part of the school lunches. They made the meat recall on Friday and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is saying that most of the ground beef products have not left any of the warehouses. There have also been no reports of illness from eating any of the products that are now being recalled.
There is a possibility that the contaminated products may have been shipped out by mistake. The mistake could have been because of a sample tracking error at the meat plant in Texas.
E.coli is a bacterium that can be potentially deadly. It can cause bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, and dehydration in severe cases.