Massive Ground Beef Recall Issued: Here's What You Need to Know Now

ground beef recall issued e.coliIf you were planning on making something with ground beef for dinner tonight, read this first. All American Meats Inc. is recalling 167,427 pounds of ground beef on fears that it may be contaminated with E. coli.

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska-based meat manufacturer shipped the beef nationwide. The company realized the issue on Oct. 30 when a sample tested positive for the bacteria that causes stomach cramping and dehydration -- and can be fatal for senior citizens and children. 

Here's what you should look for. According to the USDA's press release, the meat in question includes that labeled in the following six ways:

  1. 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100. (The photo below shows how a meat label from this lot will appear.)
  2. 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100.
  3. 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560.
  4. 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160.
  5. 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130.
  6. 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.

This photo shows how a label from the first lot above would look:ground beef recall issued e.coli

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If you've purchased this meat, you're urged not to eat it. Consumers can return it to the store where they bought it for a refund or exchange or contact Shawn Buchanan at (402) 734-6901 with questions regarding the recall.

There haven't been any confirmed reports of illness connected with the recall so far, according to the USDA. If you believe you've eaten contaminated meat and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, consult your doctor immediately.

Chipotle has closed dozens of its West Coast eateries on unrelated E. coli fears. While no deaths have been reported, seven people in Washington and one in Oregon have been hospitalized. 

 

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