June 4, 2015 — Tyson Fresh Meats of Dakota City, Nebraska has recalled approximately 16,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli.
No illnesses have been reported. However, the E. coli O157:H7 strain produces Shiga toxin and can cause severe, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms.
The recalled ground beef items, 5-lb chubs of “80% Lean Ground Beef,” were produced on May 16, 2015. They are marked with establishment number “EST. 245C” and have a “best-by” date of June 5. The products were sent to a distribution center in New York.
Last month, health officials in Arizona reported (PDF) that Western Meat Company recalled 5-lb and 10-lb packages of ground beef due to E. coli concerns. The products were sold from January 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015. The recall was designated “Class II.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warns:
“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).”
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