March 27, 2019 — Aurora Packing Co. has recalled several boneless beef items that were distributed for institutional use in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin due to a risk of E. coli.

The recall includes approximately 4,838 pounds of beef heel and beef chuck tender products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7.

Aurora produced and packed the bulk beef products on February 27, 2019 and shipped them to institutions in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The recalled beef products may still be in institutional facility freezers.

The following beef products are included in the recall:

  • Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “AURORA ANGUS BEEF BONELESS BEEF – CHUCK TENDER” and case code 61150 represented on the label.
  • Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT” and case code 29970 represented on the label.
  • Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT” and case code 49970 represented on the label.

The products can be identified by establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) says the potential risk of E. coli contamination was identified during traceback activities following routine testing.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalled beef items.

E. coli O157:H7 can cause severe and potentially deadly food poisoning infections. The symptoms may include severe vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, and abdominal cramps for an average of 3 or 4 days. While most healthy adults recover within a week, some people develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).

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