Ground beef sold at Walmart, other stores recalled for possible E. coli contamination
Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef, including packaging sold in Walmart stores, are being recalled for possible E. coli contamination.
The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Saturday that Lakeside Refrigerated Services of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling selected packages of ground beef that were manufactured on June 1.
The products sold under brand names such as Thomas Farms and Marketside Butcher may be contaminated with the strain Escherichia coli O157: H7 and have the company number “EST. 46841 ”within the USDA certification mark according to the recall notification.
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These items have been delivered to retail locations nationwide, the release said. Marketside Butcher products are sold at Walmart.
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The USDA classified the announcement as a "Class I recall", which it defines as a "health hazard where there is a reasonable likelihood that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health effects or death".
The recall notification states that the problem was discovered during routine testing and no confirmed reports of "side effects from consuming these products" were released.
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E. coli can lead to dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps three to four days after exposure - and possibly kidney failure in children under 5 years of age and older adults, the CDC said.
The affected products include:
One pound vacuum packaging with "Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef" and "Use or freeze until 07/01/20 and batch code P-53298-82".
One-pound vacuum packs with four-quarter-pound "Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties" and "Use or Freeze by June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-28".
Three-pound vacuum packs with three one-pound pieces "Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef 93% Lean / 7% Fat" and "Use or Freeze until 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70. ”
One-pound tray packs with four quarter-pound pieces "Thomas Farms Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean / 15% FAT" and "Use or Freeze until 6/25/20 and batch code P53944-10. ”
Four-pound tray packs of 10 quarter-pound pieces "Thomas Farms Ground Beef Patties 80% Lean / 20% Fat" and "Use or Freeze until 6/25/20 and batch code P53937-45. ”
One-pound vacuum packs with four quarter-pound pieces "Thomas Farms Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean / 15% Fat" and "Use or Freeze until 6/27/20 and lot code P53935-25. ”
One pound vacuum packaging with "Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% lean / 24% fat" and "Use or freeze until 07/01/20 and batch code P53930-18".
Consumers with questions should call the Lakeside Processing Center call center at 856-832-3881, the message said.
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Minced meat recall 2020: Walmart brand Marketside Butcher in the recall
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