June 4, 2015 — Due to possible E. coli contamination, about 16,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled by Nebraska-based meat processing company Tyson Fresh Meats.
The strain is E. coli O157:H7, a Shiga-toxin producing variety that often causes severe, bloody diarrhea and other debilitating symptoms. Fortunately, no illnesses have been linked to the recall. The contamination was discovered during routine testing.
The recall includes 5-lb chubs of “80% Lean Ground Beef.” The products were made on May 16 and sent to one distribution center in New York. The products are marked with establishment number “EST. 245C” and a “best-by” date of June 5.
This is the second major ground beef E. coli recall in two weeks. On May 27, Tuscon-based Western Meat Company issued a “Class II” recall (PDF) for all ground beef products sold between January 2014 and April 2015. No illnesses were reported.
Unfortunately, infections with E. coli can be life-threatening or even deadly — especially for young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
“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).”
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