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Meat recall from local processing plant worries some hunters

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News of a meat recall from a local processing plant worries some customers and hunters.  This is deer hunting season, an important time for many meat processors.  But a local processing plant is trying to ease any possible concern by letting people know how and why the recall happened in the first place.

Justin Jensen shops local and small for meat he says can't be beat.

"I think mom and pop places like this take more care and are more personable," says Jensen.

And it seems rare that small, family-owned stores like Cloud's Meats issue a product recall.

"Mainly because our volumes are so small and we do have more frequent testing," says Andy Cloud, Plant Manager at Cloud's Meats.

Last month, there was a rarity.

"Random testing that was being done came up with a presumptive positive E. Coli," says Cloud.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture released details of a voluntary recall from Cloud's Meats.  Then there was panic.  The finding prompted Jensen, a deer hunter, to look at the dates on packaged meat he's recently picked up from Cloud's.

"It was before I brought any of mine in, so it didn't bother me too much," says Jensen.

Cloud's Meats recalled almost 15 hundred pounds of ground beef, pork, sausage, and steaks.  According to Cloud's, the incident was isolated.

"We had a company that we do business for brought us some livestock.  We processed some livestock for them to go back them," says Cloud.

Cloud's workers say results of the state's routine testing reached both Cloud's and the meat owner before any of the infected product was sold.

Cloud's facility went through a daily sanitization.

"The bacteria lives on the outside of the animal.  So I'm thinking it might've come off the hooves or might've come off the hide itself whenever we were skinning the animal," says Cloud.

Cloud's Meats processes about 1,000 deer during a two week hunting season.  Many hunters have called Cloud's, worried about cross contamination.  

Others like Justin Jensen are confident in Cloud's expertise.

"They caught the problem and they made an announcement to everyone, so that everyone could know, and got the information out there," says Jensen.

Workers at Cloud's Meats also say the infected meats were the only meats they processed that day, further eliminating the possibility of cross contamination.

Cloud's Meats would not say who gave them the infected meats.

Click here to view the state's recall notice.

Watch the associated video to hear Cloud's plant manager talk more about the recall.

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