Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM ET
Kansas based National Beef Packing Co. has announced a massive recall of 50,000 pounds of raw beef due to potential E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In statement on their website Wednesday, National Beef Packing Co. reported "a voluntary recall for NatureSource Natural Beef, Naturewell Natural Beef and National Beef commodity ground beef." It said the meat was produced on July 18 and has a use by/freeze by date of August 7.
At this time, there have been no reported illnesses.
According to a news release from the USDA, the meat was "shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors nationwide."
It's not known at this time whether it was sold at a retail level (yikes!). We'd recommended reading the packaging of any ground beef in your refridgerator or freezer very carefully and throwing out anything that might be suspect.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure
The recall is the second for the company in recent months, they recalled over 22,000 pounds of beef in June due to potential E. coli contamination.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.