Nationwide recall of 16,000 pounds of ground beef due to E. coli concerns

The USDA has issued a recall for over 16,000 pounds of raw ground beef due to concerns of potential E. coli contamination.

Cargill Meat Solutions, a company based in Pennsylvania, has issued a recall of their meat products. These products were distributed across the country and specifically shipped to Walmart stores nationwide, as stated by the USDA.

The products that have been recalled do not prominently display the name “Cargill” on their labels. Instead, many of them are marketed as “All Natural” products. You can view images of the affected items here.

There have been no reports of illness related to the consumption of ground beef. However, it is possible that the meat has been contaminated with E. coli bacteria, specifically the strain known as E. coli O157:H7. This particular strain of E. coli has previously triggered a health alert on a national scale.

E. coli infection can lead to the development of severe symptoms, including diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and nausea. Typically, these symptoms begin to manifest three to four days after exposure, such as consuming contaminated food, as stated by Mayo Clinic. It is important to note that while some individuals may experience illness sooner, for others it may take up to a week for symptoms to appear.

Those at the highest risk of complications include young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

The USDA has announced a recall of approximately 16,243 pounds of ground beef that were produced on April 26 and 27. The recalled products include the following:

    • 2.25-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing “93% LEAN 7% FAT ALL NATURAL LEAN GROUND BEEF” with lot code 117 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
    • 1.33-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing four “PRIME RIB BEEF STEAK BURGERS PATTIES” with lot code 118 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
    • 2.25-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing “85% LEAN 15% FAT ALL NATURAL ANGUS PREMIUM GROUND BEEF” with lot code 117 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
    • 2.25-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing “80% LEAN 20% FAT ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK” with lot code 118 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
    • 1.33-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing four “80% LEAN 20% FAT ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES” with lot code 118 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
    • 1.33-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing four “90% LEAN 10% FAT ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN PATTIES” with lot code 118 and establishment number “EST. 86P” printed on the back of the label.
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If you have ground beef in your fridge or freezer from one of the mentioned packages, it is recommended that you dispose of it or return it to the store where it was bought.

If you are experiencing symptoms of E. coli infection, it is important to seek medical care, according to the USDA.

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