43,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled Due to E. Coli

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The USDA is recalling 43,000 pounds of ground beef over E. Coli concerns. Despite national meat shortages stemming from COVID-19 outbreaks, the US Department of Agriculture doesn’t want to take any chances. Lakeside Refrigerated Service in New Jersey has now issued a warning that its meat could carry E. Coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The bacterial disease causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe abdominal cramps for up to eight days after exposure. In rare cases, E. Coli can cause kidney failure and even death. Contaminated foods like produce or under-cooked beef are to blame for the majority of E. Coli cases in the US.

Fortunately, there have yet to be any reported cases of E. Coli illness linked to this meat recall. But the contaminated beef was packed on June 1st, two weeks before the USDA announced concerns. As Lakeside Refrigerated Services distributes meat nationwide, the USDA encourages all consumers to check their kitchens for recalled products. Those in possession of tainted meat should return it to the place of purchase or throw it away.

The USDA has recalled the following products:

  • 1-pound packages containing “Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% Lean / 24% Fat” with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18
  • 1-pound packages of “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef” with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82
  • 1-pound packages containing four quarter-pound pieces of “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties” with use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-2
  • 3-pound packages containing three 1-pound pieces of “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef 93% Lean/7% Fat” with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70
  • 1-pound tray packages containing four quarter-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean/ 15% Fat” with a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10
  • 4-pound tray packages containing 10 quarter-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 80% Lean/20% Fat” with a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45
  • 1-pound packages containing 4 quarter-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean /15% Fat” with a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P53935-25

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