December 3, 2016

Caviness Beef Packers Recall Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O103

Caviness Beef Packers of Hereford, Texas is recalling about 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that were made into ground beef and may be contaminated with E. coli O103. These products were sold to another firm and were then available for direct consumer purchase at retail locations in Texas.

Raw Ground Beef

The recalled products are 2,100 pound Combo Bin of “boneless beef trim 84L” produced on September 14, 2016 and processed into ground beef products by another establishment. The ground beef may not have the Caviness Establishment number 675, but may have another number inside the USDA seal.

Caviness Beef has control of all but 320 pounds of ground beef products. They are: 10 pound chub of 73% Regular Ground Beef with a “use by” or “freeze by” date of October 10, 2016 with UPC number 52846-48935. Also recalled is 2 to 3 pound tray packs of 73% Regular Ground Beef Products with a “sell by” date of September 28, 2016 and UPC number 2-01656-00000. Finally, 1.5 pound tray packs of 73% Regular Ground Beef products are recalled, with a “sell by” date of September 28, 2016 and UPC number 2-01654-00000.

If you purchased any of those ground beef products, do not eat them, even if you plan to cook it. Throw it away in a sealed container or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. FSIS are concerned that some consumers may have this product in their home freezers.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria such as STEC O103 because it is harder to identify. If you ate any of these recalled products, watch yourself for the symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea which is watery or bloody, and vomiting. If you do get sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate this recalled product.

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