Three American Foods Group products have possible E. coli contamination.
September 18, 2023, 3:51 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall of approximately 58,281 pounds of raw ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.
American Foods Group and commercial operator Green Bay Dressed Beef announced a recall Friday after a sample taken by a state public health official informed USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services that some products could be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103. .
The recalled products included three specific 10-pound plastic tubes, known as “chubs.”
Raw ground beef products produced on August 14, 2023 have an establishment number “EST. 18076” inside the USDA inspection mark. Three products are affected by the recall:
About 80 pounds. cases containing 10 lbs. plastic tubes (chevins) of “90050 FINE GROUND BEEF 81/19” with lot code D123226026.
About 80 pounds. cases containing 10 lbs. plastic tubes (chevins) of “20473 BEEF HALAL FINE GROUND 73/27” with lot code D123226027.
About 80 pounds. cases containing 10 lbs. plastic tubes (chevins) of “20105 FINE GROUND BEEF 73/27” with lot code D123226027.
The now-recalled food products were shipped to distributors in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio, the USDA said.
No adverse effects due to the consumption of these products have been confirmed.
A representative for American Foods Group did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for additional comment.
The USDA has stated that “many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC” because they are “more difficult to identify than O157:H7 STEC.”
Distributors and customers who may have purchased these products are urged by the USDA not to use or distribute them further.
“These products must be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” specifies the agency.
People can get sick one to ten days after consuming STEC bacteria. Symptoms of E. Coli bacteria include vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes bloody) that gets worse over several days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people recover within a week; some may develop a more serious infection.