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New Beef Recall: 62,112 Pounds, Variety Of Cuts May Be Tainted With E. Coli

May 23, 2019 - 4:22 pm

(WWJ) Just in time for grilling season, there's another big beef recall. 

According to the USDA, 62,112 pounds of raw beef is being recalled after a random sample tested positive for E. coli bacteria. 

Aurora Packing Company is issuing the recall for beef packaged on April 19 and shipped across the country for further distribution and processing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Numerous different cuts are involved, including short ribs, shoulder, brisket and ribeyes. The affected products are all marked "EST. 788" inside the USDA mark of inspection.  

This spreadsheet contains a complete list of the recalled products. ((View Labels - PDF))

The USDA says its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to make certain that recalled products are no longer available to consumers. However, FSIS is concerned that some product may be in some institutional facility freezers.

Institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to use them ibut to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase. 

There are no specific retail outlets listed for this recall at this time, but when or if they are identified, the list will be posted by FSIS at this link

While there have been no confirmed illnesses in people who are these products, the recall comes a month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public food safety alert, saying 177 people in 10 states had been sickened by beef tainted by a strain of E. coli and sold to restaurants and institutions. 

As always, FSIS advises everyone to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F -- a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria. 

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure or other serious illness, particullay in older adults and young children. 

Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection, and call your doctor.