Recall: 3500 Pounds of Beef Sold in Illinois & Indiana May Contain E. Coli Bacteria
Nearly 3,500 pounds of beef chuck sold in several states, including Illinois and Indiana, have been recalled due to potential E. coli contamination.
3,500 Pounds of Beef Recalled Due to Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli
The United States Department of Agriculture shared the recall information. Elkhorn Valley Packing issued the recall for its products labeled Elkhorn Valley Pride Angus Beef Beef Chuck 2-Piece Boneless. The products were packaged on February 16, 2023. According to the USDA,
Elkhorn Valley Packing, a Harper, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,436 pounds of boneless beef chuck product that may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The Beef Was Distributed to Several States
The recalled beef chuck was distributed in Illinois and Indiana, as well as Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The product was shipped not only to retail stores, but also to distributors, federal establishments, and wholesale locations like restaurants, hotels, and institutions. The recalled products have the establishment number "EST. M-19549" as part of the USDA inspection markings.
Symptoms of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a STEC infection can start to cause symptoms within three to four days of ingesting something contaminated by the bacteria but they do say that illnesses can start as early as one day, or as late as ten days after exposure. The CDC says symptoms include:
Symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5 to 7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
What To Do If You Are in Possession of the Recalled Beef
The USDA says that any customers or distributors that have any of the contaminated meat should throw away the products or return them to the point of purchase. The full product list, including the product serial numbers can be found here.