The USDA just announced the recall of “approximately 50,100 pounds of ground beef products.”

If you’ve bought ground beef in the Southeastern U.S. at Bi-Lo or Winn-Dixie recently, you need to check this out [PDF].

The recall came after government food inspectors found E. coli O157:H7 in the meat. There are all sorts of E. coli, some benign, some nasty, but O157:H7 is a vicious, sometimes deadly, strain. Children are especially vulnerable. As of this writing, there have been no confirmed illnesses.

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The recall came from National Beef Packing, of Liberal, Kan.

While 50,100 pounds of ground beef is a disgustingly huge amount (more than enough to sculpt a cube three stories high), there have been much bigger recalls. Which makes me wonder: Does anyone know what they do with all that meat after a recall?

Correction: This is not enough beef to sculpt into a three-story cube, as I originally wrote. it’s more like a ten-foot cube–or enough to completely fill a small studio apartment. Apologies for my math goof.

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