The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced earlier this week that approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products are being recalled after possibly being contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The USDA has now released a list of retailers affected by the Wolverine Packing Company recall announcement, with some venders in Ohio. Buchtel Food Mart, 5220 SR 78 Buchtel, Ohio, along with Ohio’s Gordon Food Service Marketplace, have been identified by the FSIS as areas that are suspected to have received the tainted meat.
In addition of being aware of the list of retail stores, the public is encouraged to check meat or poultry products in their possession to see if they have been recalled.
A statement by the USDA says the ground beef products in question were produced between March 31st, 2014 and April 18th, 2014. Officials are in the process of removing the meat from store shelves but consumers should throw out meat themselves if it contains the code “EST. 2574B” and was produced between the dates mentioned.
A detailed list of the recalled products can be found here.
According to the FSIS, “These products were shipped to distributors for restaurant and retail use nationwide. There was no distribution of the products to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or catalog/internet sales.” So far, there have been 11 case-patients in four states identified with a possibly linked illness. Those states include Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. Individuals that reported being sick ate at restaurants serving the food. The name of those restaurants has not been released.
The Class I recall is being identified as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
“E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism,” said the FSIS in a statement. “While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.”