A California company is recalling 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef distributed in six states, including North Carolina, due to possible e. coli contamination.
First Class Foods Inc., of Hawthorne, Calif., recalled the beef Thursday, including the following items:
*16-oz. packages of "NATURE'S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK" sold singly with one of the following "USE or FREEZE by" dates: "12/30/10" or "01/08/11."
*16-oz. packages of "ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK" sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following "USE or FREEZE by" dates: "12/28/10" or "01/06/11."
*16-oz. packages of NATURE'S HARVEST GROUND PATTY" containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following "USE or FREEZE by" date: "12/30/10" or "01/08/11"
All the packages affected bear the label "EST. 18895" as well as the identifying Pack Date of "10341" and "10350." They were produced on Dec. 7 and Dec. 16 and shipped to retail establishments in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Washington state.
The USDA has not yet released a list of retailers to which the product was shipped, but will post that list HERE when it is available. However, Harris Teeter this morning issued a statement that it has removed all Nature's Harvest ground beef products from its stores. Shoppers may return any affected products to the store for a full refund. Harris Teeter has also employed its automated phone system that uses data from its Very Important Customer (VIC) loyalty program to identify and notify customers who purchased the products.
Consumer inquiries regarding the recall should be directed to Lucienne Adams of First Class Foods at 310-676-2500. View the official recall announcement HERE.