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This Ground Beef Could Contain E. Coli, FSIS Says

The meat may still be in customers refrigerators or freezers right now.

Ground, raw beef that's no longer available for purchase but still may be in customers' refrigerators or freezers is the subject of a Public Health Alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The beef was produced by the Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. on Jan. 14, 2021, and then sold at Art's Food Market in Sandwich, Ill. According to the alert, the company subsequently determined that it "inadvertently distributed produce associated with a sample that was positive for E. coli." However, no illnesses have been reported at this time. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.)

Because the product was no longer on store shelves, a recall wasn't issued, but the 2-pound trays were labeled with "packed" dates from Jan. 28, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2021. Anyone with this product still in their kitchen should not consume it (raw or cooked) and instead throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection start about two to eight days after consuming contaminated food, and they include dehydration, diarrhea, and stomach pain. It may also prompt a type of kidney failure that's most common in young children and older adults. Cooking your meat to 160-degrees Fahrenheit or more is the best way to make sure ground beef is safe to eat, according to the FSIS.

Ground beef may not be the only food in your home that's a potential health concern, so be sure to check out these 8 Food Recalls You Need to Know About Now. And to get the latest grocery store and food safety news delivered to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!

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