by Doug Powell
Livestock officials say an equipment malfunction allowed E. coli to survive in beef at a Montana meat plant.
Meat Inspection Bureau Chief Gary Hamel will report to the Board of Livestock on Monday that contaminated ground beef was identified during a weekly sampling in early June and destroyed. He says none of it was shipped to consumers.
Hamel says a water machine used to clean cow carcasses at the facility was clogged and could not reach a high enough temperature to kill pathogens.
The machine was fixed and the bureau increased inspections at that facility.
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