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Almost 300,000 Pounds of Beef Are Being Recalled Due to E. Coli

The non-intact beef products were distributed to four states.

Approximately 295,236 pounds of raw beef products are being recalled because they could be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced.

In total, almost 40 products from Greater Omaha Packing in Nebraska are included in the recall. Produced on July 13, 2021, they were distributed for further processing in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska. A full list of the impacted products and product codes is available here. They have an establishment number of "EST. 960A" within the USDA mark of inspection.

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The issue was discovered after FSIS collected a routine sample that revealed the presence of E. coli, according to the recall announcement. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and stomach cramps two to eight days after exposure. There have been no confirmed reports of any illnesses related to this recall.

It usually takes about a week to recover, but some individuals—especially children under five years old and older adults—can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. According to FSIS, symptoms of this condition include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.

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The beef products included in the recall aren't intact beef cuts like briskets, roasts, or steaks. Rather, they were intended for non-intact use. Per Beef Research:

Non-intact beef products include beef that has been injected/enhanced with solutions, mechanically tenderized by needling, cubing, or pounding devices, or reconstructed into formed entrées . . . In addition, non-intact beef products include comminuted beef products that are chopped, ground, flaked, or minced.

In order to kill harmful bacteria, raw ground meat products like the ones in this recall must be cooked to a temperature of 160°F. Use a food thermometer to confirm that a high enough temperature is reached.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more