Meat eaters beware.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced a recall of more than 58,000 pounds of ground beef products over a possible E. coli contamination.
The recalled beef made by the American Foods Group, LLC, which does business as Green Bay Dressed Beef, LCC, was distributed in Ohio, Michigan and Georgia.
Most types of E. coli are harmless, but “a few strains can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
The ground beef products in the recall were produced on Aug. 15 of this year, and include:
90050 Beef Fine Ground 81/19 — lot code D123226026
20473 Beef Halal Fine Ground 73/27 — lot code D123226027
20105 Beef Fine Ground 73/27 — lot code D123226027
The recall notice did not give a list of stores in those states that could be carrying the ground beef, but stated the potentially contaminated products have the establishment number “EST. 18076” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
There have been no confirmed reports of reactions or injuries to consumption of these products so far, according to FSIS officials. The contamination was discovered when FSIS was notified that a sample collected by a state public health partner tested positive for the potentially dangerous strain of E. coli.
Shoppers finding these meat products in their kitchens are advised to throw away the products, or return them to the place of purchase. It wasn’t immediately clear if customers would be refunded for the items. But anyone with additional questions about the recall can contact American Foods Group at 1-800-829-2838 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E. coli are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals, and are usually harmless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. But some strains of E. coli can make a person sick by causing diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, among many other ailments.