Ground Beef Recall: Everything You Need to Know Now

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Before you start dinner tonight, you might want to check your fridge as well as your freezer. Minnesota-based Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products -- including frozen burger patties -- that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Here's what you need to know:

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  • The recalled products were distributed nationwide in plastic packets and are of varying weights. All products produced on November 19, 2014 are subject to recall, after a routine inspection by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service found traces of E. coli at the Minnesota plant.
  • The possibly contaminated products also have a "use by" date of December 10, 2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Individual products include:

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20
  • OTG Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket RD Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Oval Beef Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy WD Chuck Blend Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Blend
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Bulk Pack NAT Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend NAT Beef Patties

The good news is that neither the USDA nor the company has received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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Eating beef that has been contaminated with E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea, and diarrhea, as well as other, more severe complications. And the bacteria can also be spread from person to person. That said, best to be safe -- and check your beef.

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