March 24, 2023 — Elkhorn Valley Packing has recalled about 3,436 pounds of boneless beef chuck that may be contaminated with E. coli.
No illnesses were reported, but ground beef made from this product tested positive for Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli O103, according to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall involves boneless Angus beef chuck items that were produced on February 16, 2023.
They were sold in various weights in boxes marked: “Elkhorn Valley Pride Angus Beef 61226 BEEF CHUCK 2PC BNLS; Packed on 2/16/23″ with “EST. M-19549” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These items were shipped to wholesalers, retailers, federal establishments, restaurants, hotels, and institutions in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Health officials noted that STEC O103 is harder to identify than STEC O157:H7, which is why many clinical laboratories do not test for it.
The symptoms of an infection can occur about 2 to 8 days after eating undercooked beef items that are contaminated with this bacteria. The symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea (which may be bloody), abdominal cramps, fever, and other symptoms that last about a week.
Fortunately, it is uncommon for STEC O103 infections to cause a life-threatening type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which is far more common with STEC O157:H7 infections.
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