The United States Department of Agriculture announced the recall of 28,356 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. In this retreat includes Kroger brand ground beef sold at Fred Meyer and QFC supermarkets; as well as brands for sale at Walmart, Albertsons and WinCo.
The ground beef products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 965” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed next to the best before date for consumption or freezing. The items were produced on December 20, 2021. The expiration date is 11/1/2022.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) detailed that the subject products were shipped to retail locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
FSIS asks consumers who have purchased these products not to consume them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase. Products subject to recall and labels can be viewed here.
Consumer Reports reported that they tested Kroger brand ground beef purchased from a Fred Meyer supermarket in Seattle and found to contain a deadly strain of E. coli call O157:H7.
“The tested package of 93 percent lean ground beef is marked with an ‘Establishment’ (EST) number of 965, which represents Interstate Meat, the plant where the meat was processed,” Consumer Reports said.
The problem was reported to FSIS and sent to an outside laboratory for microbiological analysis and the sample tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.
As a measure to prevent infection by E. coli, consumers are advised to cook meat thoroughly, at a minimum internal temperature of 160°F (70°C). The way to check that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature.
About E. coli infection
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria which can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 2 to 8 days (3 to 4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism.
Most people infected with E. coli can recover within a week. Some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. People with hemolytic uremic syndrome HUS need to be hospitalized because their kidneys may stop working and they may develop other serious problems.
People of any age can be infected by E. coli. Very young children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe illness and hemolytic uremic syndrome than others. In the event of symptoms of infection, medical attention should be sought immediately.
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