Just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, a meat packing company is recalling more than 62,000 pounds of raw beef products over concerns of possible E.coli contamination.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the products were packaged by the Aurora Packing Company on April 19 and shipped nationwide for further distribution and processing
The products being recalled have establishment number “EST. 788” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The USDA says the problem was discovered during a random food safety inspection.
So far, there have been no confirmed reports of illness from people eating the recalled beef.
Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism.
While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.