The meat company is withdrawing 28,356 pounds of ground beef that could be contaminated with a strain of E. coli known as O157: H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The meat is withdrawn by Interstate Meat Distributors Inc., headquartered in Clackamas, OR. The withdrawn products were manufactured on December 20, 2021 and bear the company number “EST. 965 ”within the circular USDA inspection mark on the label, according to FSIS press release.
The mince was shipped to stores including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Albertson’s in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. A full list of recalled products can be found at USDA Web page.
People who have meat in their freezers or refrigerators should throw it away, FSIS said.
FSIS said the problem was discovered when the package was delivered to a third-party lab for analysis and was positive for E. coli. The FSIS assessment “found the results to be effective,” the agency said.
Although FSIS did not identify a third party laboratory,Consumer reports said he bought ground Kroger beef at the Fred Meyer supermarket in Seattle that was tested and found to have E. coli O157: H7. Consumer Reports contacted the Ministry of Agriculture
E. coli O157: H7 is strain of bacteria from this a person can become very ill. It causes abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea and is the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children.
“It is characterized by easy bruising, paleness and reduced urine output. “People who have these symptoms should seek emergency medical help immediately,” FSIS said.
For more information on the recall, contact Interstate Meat Distributors Inc. at (503) 656-6168.