Recall Alert: 130,000+ Pounds of Ground Beef Linked to E. Coli Outbreak

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Check your fridge and freezer, because there’s been (another) ground beef recall. Cargill Meat Solutions recently recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Representatives from Cargill Meat Solutions did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

The current recall, which the USDA announced on Sep. 19, cautions consumers to not eat the affected products due to an Escherichia coli (E. coli) contamination risk. Last month, Cargill issued a recall of its ground beef sold in Colorado and California for a similar risk of E. coli.

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Recall Description

The recalled Cargill Meat Solutions recalled ground beef products were all produced or packaged on June 21, 2018. All recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 86R” printed inside of the USDA mark of inspection on their packaging. For a full list of the affected products, visit the USDA’s website here.

Why the Ground Beef Was Recalled

The FSIS received an E. coli illness notification on Aug. 16, 2018. Following an investigation by the FSIS, along with the CDC, the recently recalled ground beef was found to be the probable source of the infection.

Between Jul. 5 and Jul. 25, 2018 there were 17 illnesses and one death that resulted from E. coli contaminated beef. E. coli can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. While most healthy individuals recover from the infection, some can experience life-threatening complications, especially children under age five, the elderly and/or those with a compromised immune system.

How To Tell If Your Ground Beef Was Recalled

Look at the USDA mark of inspection on the beef’s packaging for the establishment number “EST. 86R.” You can also reviewed the USDA’s list of affected products here.

What Can Parents Do?

If you have the recalled beef, don’t eat it. You can either toss it or return it to where you purchased it, but definitely do not consume it in any way and definitely wash your hands thoroughly after touching it. The USDA has also warned consumers to look in their freezers to check for these beef products as it’s possible you could have bought the recalled beef and frozen it months ago.

Also, if you’re a fan of medium or rare burgers, now might be the time to order them cooked well; the FSIS alert also advises that consumers should only eat “ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit” to kill harmful bacteria that could be present.

—Erica Loop


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