The contaminated ground beef products were produced on various dates from September 23, 2019, to October 10, 2019. According to the FSIS, the recall was issued after the company was notified by their third-party laboratory that a sample was positive for E. coli O157: H7 – unfortunately, the products associated with the sample had already been shipped to customers for sale and/or service to the public.
According to the announcement, as of this time, no reports have been confirmed of people falling ill following consumption of the ground beef recalled due to E. coli contamination.
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The recalled ground beef products have the establishment number “EST. 18506” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to commercial distributors and a cold storage warehouse in Florida. The products affected by the recall are:
24-lb. Case containing 1-lb chubs of “CIRCLE A BRAND 85-15 LEAN GROUND BEEF” with pack date Oct. 8, 2019; package code of Oct. 8. 2020 and case code of 1-86407-30002-5.
24-lb. Case containing 1-lb chubs of “CIRCLE A BRAND 80/20 GROUND BEEF” with pack dates 9-26-19, 9-27-19, 9-30-19; package codes of Sept. 26, 2020, Sept. 27, 2020, Sept. 30, 2020; and case code of FG-8020-24-1.
12-lb. Case containing 1-lb chubs of “CIRCLE A BRAND 80/20 GROUND BEEF” with a pack date of 9-26-19; package code of Sept. 26, 2020; and a case code of FG-8020-12-1.
15-lb. Case containing 20-oz packages of “CLARKS 5 CHOPPED BEEF STEAKS” with a pack date of 9-23-19; a package code of Sept. 23, 2020; and a case code of 0-73673-00211-4.
13-lb. Case containing 17.5-oz packages of “CLARKS 5 CHOPPED PEPPER STEAKS” with a pack date of 9-23-19; a product code of Sept. 23, 2020; and a case code of 0-73673-00222-0.
20-lb. Case containing 5.3-oz packages of “SOUTHEAST PROTEIN PURVEYOR GROUND BEEF PATTIES” with a pack date of 10-18-19; a package code of Oct. 10, 2020; and a case code of FG-8020-20-5.3.
40-lb. Case containing 10-lb packages of “SOUTHEAST PROTEIN PURVEYOR 81/19 GROUND BEEF” with pack dates of 9-30-19, 10-2-19, 10-8-19, package codes of Sept. 30, 2020, Oct. 2, 2020, and Oct. 8, 2020; and case codes of FG-81/19-10C-40# and FG-81/19-10C-40.
60-lb. Case containing 10-lb packages of “SOUTHEAST PROTEIN PURVEYORS 80-20 GROUND BEEF” with a pack date of 9-26-19; a package code of Sept. 26, 2020; and a case code of FG80/20-60-6/10.
The FSIS has advised all customers who may have purchased any of the contaminated products to dispose of them in a safe manner or to return them to the place of purchase. Distributors who are in possession of the contaminated products have been advised to refrain from distributing them.
E. coli O157: H7 symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Ron Simon, a national E. coli Lawyer, stated “The vast majority of all E. coli illnesses are foodborne related. Infection begins when you get tiny amounts of human or animal feces in your mouth. Unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to believe.”
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