E.coli Concerns: Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls More Than 132,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

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The recalled ground beef products are made from the chuck portion of the carcass and could be contaminated with E.coli O26.

Yesterday Cargill Meat Solutions recalled about 132,606 pounds of certain ground beef products over concern of E.coli O26 contamination. The ground beef products, which were made from the chuck portion of the carcass, were produced and packaged on June 21.

“On Aug. 16, 2018, FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses. FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state public health and agriculture partners determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses. The epidemiological investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25, 2018. “ – FSIS, USDA

The company’s ground beef products were identified after an investigation of the voluntary recall by Publix Super Markets involving ground chuck products on August 30.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” stated FSIS in an agency press release. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

A view of the ground beef product labels is available on the FSIS website.

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