Cargill recalls over 130,000 pounds of meat
Cargill Meat Solutions has recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products after discovering they may be contaminated with e. coli. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the company, based in Fort Morgan, Colorado, recalled the ground beef products that were made from the chuck portion and packed on June 21, 2018.
Cargill Meat Solutions previously announced a recall of over 25,000 pounds of ground beef products potentially contaminated with e. coli. Those products were produced on August 16, 2018, and shipped to warehouses in California and Colorado. On further investigation by FSIS, illnesses were traced back to ground beef products sold at retail stores and supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions. There have been 17 illnesses and one death associated with the e. coli contamination. The illness onset dates ranged from July 5 to July 25, 2018.
Recalled products include chub packages of fine grind ground beef and Angus beef chuck ground beef with a use by date of July 11, 2018. These ground beef products bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
Most people infected with e. coli develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection.