Nebraska firm recalls beef due to E. coli concerns

| 8/11/2008

Nebraska Beef Limited has issued its second recall of beef in a little more than a month over concerns of E. coli contamination.

On June 30, the Omaha meat packing firm recalled more than 5.3 million pounds of ground beef after more than 40 people reportedly became ill in six states after eating the contaminated meat.

The company is now recalling 1.2 million pounds of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef that have been linked to illnesses in 12 states. Those states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture told the Associated Press that changes made to the company’s meat packing plant after last month’s recall affected only ground beef.

The beef in the current recall was sold to retailers and other companies that planned to further process it. At least some of that beef was sold by Whole Foods Market, which announced its own recall on Friday.