Over 300 Pounds of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated With E. Coli: Report

Ground Beef May Be Contaminated With E. Coli

About 325 pounds of ground beef are being recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli strain O157:H7, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Five-pound boxes of Loringo Brand beef patties are being subject to the Class 1 recall issued by Meating Place. Class 1 recalls involve health hazard situations where the use of a product may cause serious, adverse health consequences or even death.

The ground beef patties, which were produced on Friday April 15, 2016, have a package code of 120106 and were sent to retail locations throughout Buffalo, New York.

FSIS discovered the contamination issue during a review of testing results. To date, no adverse reactions to the product has been reported, still, the E. coli O157:H7 strain is a particularly vicious one. The bacteria can lead to body cramps, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and eventually kidney failure. People of all ages can fall victim to the strain, but children and the elderly may particularly be susceptible. Symptoms include reduced urine output, bruising and pale skin.

Consumers are being advised to either throw out the product or return it to the place of purchase. All questions and inquiries about the recall can be directed toward Vincent Loringo, president: (716) 885-3623.

What’s the Beef? Previous E. coli – Ground Beef Recalls

In November, Omaha-based All American Meats, Inc., recalled just over 167,000 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

On their tend, the FSIS advises that consumers use a food thermometer to eat ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Meating Place Recalls Beef Product Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination,” FSIS web site, April 21, 2016; http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-031-2016-release, last accessed April 22, 2016.
“All American Meats, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination,” FSIS web site, November 1, 2015; http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-135-2015-release, last accessed April 22, 2016.