Over 132,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled by USDA – Meat Linked To Death & Illnesses

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Another day, another food recall. This time the tainted food is none other than ground beef–in fact, it’s roughly 132,000 pounds of it. On September 19th, the USDA published a public health warning, urging red meat buyers to take a look in their fridges and freezers for ground beef.

According to the agency, the red meat could be contaminated with E. Coli 026, a nasty bacteria that, when introduced to the human body, could mean diarrhea and vomiting. In the worst cases, particularly those seen in small children, the bacteria could contribute to kidney failure. Typically, symptoms occur in 2 to 8 days after being exposed to it.

The USDA has deemed this specific product as bringing a ‘High’ health risk to the population that consumes it. Because of the severity of the bacteria, it’s important that everyone who has bought ground beef recently to take a closer look at their purchase.

How to tell if you purchased the recalled ground beef

The ground beef in question was produced by Cargill Meat Solutions of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Here are the exact items that are part of the recall. All of the affected lots were packaged on June 21, 2018:

• 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 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749003536.

• 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 CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773.

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

• 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.

If you did, in fact, purchase this ground beef, return the product or the receipt to the store. And, if you believe that you may have become sickened from the product, be sure to report the problem to the USDA.

What are your thoughts on this ground beef recall? Were you affected by it? Have you ever become sick from tainted food?