18 reported cases — including at least one death — have been linked to the tainted beef.
Cargill Meat Solutions has issued a recall on 132,606 pound of ground beef chuck due to contamination with a strain of Escherichia coli, or specifically E.Coli O26. This announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). This is a new announcement to update consumers on a recall last month for the same company and their ground beef products.
The announcement includes information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture FSIS page on the specific recall items. For a complete list of the items included, with produced and package dates, click here.
Click here to see all of the labels for the products that are included in the recall.
The USDA issued the following information as an alert to consumers in their News Release:
“E. coli O26, like the more common E. coli O157:H7, is a serovar of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after exposure to the organism.
Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
Those who purchased this product are urged to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase, and any other questions can be directed to AskKaren.gov or the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline (1-888-674-6854).SKM: below-content placeholder