A beef manufacturer in New Jersey has recalled more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef over concerns it could contain a hard-to-identify strain of E. coli. Here’s what you need to know.
What beef has been recalled?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall of approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products from Lakeside refrigerated Services, a manufacturer in Swedesboro.
According to the agency’s release, the recall stems from routine FSIS testing of imported products which discovered a potential contamination with E. coli O103. “Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) such as O103 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157:H7,” the statement reads.
However, while there haven’t been any reports of illness or reactions due to these products as of yet, E. coli O103 can cause issues if ingested.
How to find out of the been you have is part of the recall?
To check if the beef you have in your fridge or freezer is part of the recall, the complete list of impacted products is over 40 products. A few brands included in the recall are Thomas Farms, Marketside Butcher, and Nature’s Reserve in various packaging, but there are many others.
All products were produced from February 1, 2022, through April 8, 2022. The products included in the recall have “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
That’s why it’s so important to read the full list of products included in the recall, which can be viewed here.
What to do if you have recalled beef?
FSIS is urging consumers to check their fridges and freezers for the products and if you have them, you’re not to eat them. The agency suggests the product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
E.coli symptoms and seriousness explained
According to the recall notice, people can still become ill from the STECs E.coli infection, and signs of infection can occur 2-8 days after consuming contaminated products, though the average is 3-4 days.
The most common symptoms of infection due to STEC O103 include diarrhea and vomiting – and it can be serious. “Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended,” the notice shares.
Most people recover within the week, but for others, a severe infection could occur, which happens more commonly in kids under five, older adults, or people with weakened immune systems. Anyone with concerning symptoms should speak with their medical team.
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