All American Meats of Nebraska is recalling 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This is a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness and death. No confirmed reports of illness have been received to date.
The recalled products are “Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100, Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100, “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560, and “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160. Also recalled is “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130, and “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.
The products have the establishment number “EST. 20420” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced on October 16, 2015. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide. On October 30, 2015, a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 was traced back to the establishment. You can see pictures of product labels at the USDA web site.
The symptoms of an E. coli infection include bloody and watery diarrhea, severe abdominal and stomach cramps, and a mild fever. Nausea and vomiting may also be present. These symptoms usually develop two to eight days after exposure. If treated with antibiotics, this infection can progress to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious illness that can cause kidney failure and death. The symptoms of HUS include little to no urine output, pale skin, lethargy, easy bruising, and a skin rash. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some of this ground beef may be frozen in consumer’s freezers. If you have any of these products in your home, throw them away in a sealed container or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.