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Cargill recalls over 132,000 pounds of ground beef after E. coli outbreak kills one, sickens 17

WASHINGON DC - More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef are being recalled nationwide by Cargill Meat Solutions after an E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and caused 17 other illnesses. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recalled products have an "EST. 86R" label inside the USDA inspection mark, and were packaged June 21.

On Aug. 16, 2018, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses. FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health and agriculture partners determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses.

The epidemiological investigation identified the 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25, 2018. 

The Cargill Meat Solutions’ ground beef products were identified following further investigation related to Recall 072-2018, conducted on Aug. 30, 2018, where ground beef products were recalled in connection with the E. coli O26 outbreak.

FSIS’ traceback information indicated that case-patients consumed ground beef products purchased at various retail stores that were supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, with the symptoms typically occurring two to eight days after exposure. 

Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but some develop a more severe infection. 

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Those who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. People are advised to throw away these items, or return them to their place of purchase. 

This is the list of ground beef items that are subject to recall:

• 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646

 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653

 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749089098

 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749002751

 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749003568

 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749003536

 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773

 10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749702416

 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749802405

 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 with case code 00228749802413

 10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a USE/FREEZE BY: 07/11/2018 with case code 90734730297241

 20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749073935

The labels for these recalls can be found here: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/488865ea-fa1d-4ecb-8557-10ac4db2ba13/081-2018-labels.pdf?MOD=AJPERES 


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