WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Omaha meat packing company Nebraska Beef is expanding its beef recall announced on August 8, after USDA regulators concluded that the company's production practices on June 24 were insufficient to effectively control E. coli. Nebraska Beef added about 160,000 pounds of beef to last week's beef recall of 1.2 million pounds that may be contaminated with a particularly dangerous strain of E. coli. The total amount now in the recall is about 1.36 million pounds of beef, and includes primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef that was produced on June 24 and July 8 whose shipping containers and labels bear Nebraska Beef's identifying the establishment number, "EST. 19336," and the company name "Nebraska Beef Ltd." Products produced on July 8 have a 2-inch plain, circular green sticker on one side of the shipping box, whereas products produced on June 24 may or may not, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service website. The products subject to the expansion were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number "EST. 19336" on products available for direct consumer purchase. Last month, Nebraska Beef recalled 5.3 million pounds of material used in making ground beef after 40 illnesses were reported in connection with its ground beef.
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