Over 132,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Are Being Recalled
The affected meats all have freeze or use by dates of July 11.
Cargill Meat Solutions (based in Fort Morgan, Colorado) announced a nationwide recall of about 132,606 pounds of ground beef products due to possible contamination with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. This is a Class I recall, meaning that there’s a chance using the product could cause serious health consequences or even death.
According to the USDA, there have already been 17 confirmed illnesses and one death related to the affected ground beef, with the onset date of the illnesses ranging from July 5 to July 25.
The ground beef products being recalled were shipped and sold nationwide and were produced and packaged on June 21, all with use or freeze by dates of July 11. To double-check any ground beef in your freezer, you can also look for the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The full list of affected products can be found on the FSIS website here.
People exposed to E. coli can become ill 2 to 8 days after being exposed to the organism, and symptoms often include diarrhea (usually bloody) and vomiting, according to the USDA. Most people recover within a week, but the USDA warns that some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
The Cargill Meat ground beef products were identified as part of a previous recall on August 30 of ground beef possibly contaminated with E. coli that was distributed to several Publix Super Markets in Florida, sickening 18 people. Previously, Cargill Meat recalled over 25,000 pounds of beef due to E. coli concerns at the end of August.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes & Gardens.