Texas Firm Recalls Beef Trimmings for E. Coli Risk

September 26, 2014 — The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a recall for approximately 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings because they may be contaminated with E. coli, a bacteria that can cause deadly food poisoning.

The beef trimmings were manufactured by Caviness Beef Packers, of Hereford, Texas. They were sold to fast food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas.

The trimmings were produced on August 14 and August 20, 2014. Products affected by the recall include combo bins containing “Beef Trimmings, BNLS” 90L and 84L. They might be marked with the establishment number “EST. 675” inside the USDA mark of inspection, but products available for direct consumer purchases probably will not be marked.

The contamination was discovered during a food safety assessment. The recalled products actually tested negative for E. coli, but they were produced after products that tested positive and were subsequently processed into raw ground products and distributed to retailers.

According to the agency:

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).”

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is most serious in children under five years old and older adults. Symptoms typically include easy bruising, pale color, and decreased urine output. These are also symptoms of kidney failure, a life-threatening complication that often occurs in people with HUS.

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