June 16, 2020 — Health officials in Illinois are warning about a risk of E. coli in ground beef from David B’s Custom Meats after a person fell ill.
The problem was discovered when a resident of Macoupin County got sick after eating ground beef from David B’s Custom Meats and notified health officials.
A sample from the remaining ground beef product tested positive for E. coli.
On June 12, the Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a Public Health Alert because an unknown amount of ground beef may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC).
David B’s Custom Meats, located in Carlinville, Illinois, did not issue a recall because it is a “Type II Establishment” (custom exempt). The company has been making ground beef since the beginning of 2020.
Custom meat products are not inspected and can’t be offered for sale. Because of this, a recall of the affected product was not requested, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
E. coli is a bacteria that is destroyed at temperatures of 160°F or higher. Eating raw or undercooked ground beef that is contaminated with E. coli can lead to severe food poisoning.
Most people recover from an E. coli illness within a week, but some develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
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