E. Coli Concerns Result in Unprecedented Massive Beef Recall

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Ground beef products sold at Walmart stores around the United States are being recalled over an E. coli scare. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of over 60 tons of ground beef products due to their potential contamination by foodborne illness. 

The recall affects numerous brands of ground beef sold in all fifty US states. Read on for more information regarding the recall, which brands have been affected, and what you should do if you’ve purchased any of these products.

What Has Been Recalled?

Multiple food brands sold in Walmart retailers around the country have been recalled. The FDA report indicates products including Tajima Kobe Ground Beef, Marketside Butcher Wagyu Beef Patties, SE Grocers’ Naturally Better Grass Fed Beef and Ground Beef Patties, Thomas Farms’ Grass Fed Ground Beef Patties and Ground Beef, Nature’s Reserve All Natural Grass Fed Ground Beef, and Weis By Nature Ground Beef Burgers have been recalled. 

These products are all manufactured by Lakeside Refrigerated Services, which says independent testing revealed the presence of E. coli bacteria in imported beef products. There have been no reports of illness as a result of this contamination. All recalled items share the USDA establishment number “EST. 46841.”

What Is E. Coli?

E. coli is a harmful bacterium strain that can cause food poisoning in humans. Ingesting contaminated meats can lead to an E. coli infection, which results in symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, and fatigue. 

E. coli infections are usually unpleasant but not life-threatening in healthy adults. However, these infections can turn deadly in some patients. Very young children, older adults, and the immunocompromised can become seriously ill as a result of E. coli, and could require medical attention in the event of an infection. If you or someone you know is experiencing E. coli infection symptoms after eating a recalled product, go to the doctor right away. 

What Should You Do?

If you’ve purchased any of the recalled items, return them to the retailer along with your receipt for a refund. If you no longer have the receipt, discard the food items in a safe container and make sure no animals can access the trash can. 

Check the official FDA listing here for a full list of recalled products and where they were sold. You can reach the FDA at 888-674-6854 from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.