Approximately 43,000 pounds of ground beef available at Walmart and other retailers has been recalled by Lakeside Refrigerated Services of Swedesboro, N.J. for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S.Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday.
The recalled beef was mostly grass-fed and sold under the Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms labels. Additionally, one recalled beef package was simply labeled “Value Pack.” The ground beef was produced on June 1, said the FSIS. It was shipped to retailers nationwide.
The agency has given this recall a class I health hazard classification meaning that if eaten, the contaminated ground beef is likely to cause serious health consequences.
CHECK YOUR FRIDGE AND/OR FREEZER!
Here is a list of recalled beef products. Please check your freezer and refrigerator for any ground beef packages on the list, particularly if you have shopped at Walmart recently. The recalled ground beef should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund.
- MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF:
- 1-lb. vacuum packages with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20, lot code P-53298-82
- 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. burger patties with a use or freeze by date of 6/27/20, lot code P-53934-28
- 3-lb. vacuum packages of 93% LEAN / 7% FAT containing three 1-lb. portions with use or freeze by date of 07/01/20, lot code P53929-70
- THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES:
- 1-lb. tray packages of 85% LEAN / 15% FAT containing four ¼-lb. burger patties with a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20, lot code P53944-10
- 4-lb. tray packages of 80% LEAN / 20% FAT containing ¼-lb. burger patties with a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20, lot code P53937-45
- 1-lb. vacuum packages of 85% LEAN / 15% FAT containing ¼-lb. burger patties with a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20, lot code P53935-25
- VALUE PACK FRESH GROUND BEEF:
- 1-lb. vacuum packages of 76% LEAN / 24% FAT with a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20, lot code P53930-18
The recalled products also bear the establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the FSIS.
So far, no one has reported an illness due to eating the contaminated beef, said the FSIS.
In an email, an FSIS spokesperson said that the agency will post the full list of retailers who received the ground beef products when it becomes available at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
E. COLI O157:H7 CAN MAKE YOU VERY SICK 🤮
The E. coli O157:H7 serotype that the agency discovered in the beef during a routine inspection is known as Shiga toxin-producing or STEC. STEC types of E. coli have the potential to cause serious illness. Symptoms like abdominal cramping, dehydration and diarrhea (possibly bloody) can occur two to eight days after eating and/or contact with contaminated food.
Many people recover within a week, but some will go on to develop a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Young children, older adults and people with compromised immune systems are most at-risk for complications of E. coli. Anyone who suspects they are ill should contact their healthcare provider.
Grass-fed, organic, or USDA select, ground beef is particularly susceptible to E. coli contamination because the bacterium lives in the intestines of cattle and can contact the raw beef during slaughtering. When this meat is ground, it can be mixed throughout the beef, which is why cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 F is important.
COOK YOUR BURGERS WELL!
A medium-rare hamburger poses a greater risk of E. coli contamination than a medium-rare steak because the bacterium can be found throughout the patty. The outsides of steak are usually cooked at a temperature that will kill any bacterium lurking on the surface while the insides are less likely to harbor E. coli.
You can use an instant-read thermometer, inserted into the center of the burger (after you remove it from the heat source) to check if the internal temperature has reached 160 F. Mixed dishes like casseroles should be checked in several places after removing from the oven to be sure they are cooked throughout.
In a casserole or other preparation, cooked beef should not be left to sit at room temperature for more than two hours before refrigerating. It should be eaten or frozen within three to four days of cooking.
When preparing raw ground beef for cooking, take care that it does not touch other foods, particularly those that are meant to be eaten raw, like salad greens, fruits and vegetable crudites. Wash hands and any items that may have touched the raw beef like cutting boards, kitchen tools and clean-up items like sponges, dish cloths and towels. You can use hot, soapy water and/or a mild bleach solution.
If you purchased the recalled ground beef, you can try calling the Lakeside Processing Center Call Center at (856) 832-3881. When I called them on Monday, June 15, the mailbox was full.
You can find more information about E. coli and food safety at https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/e-coli-and-food-safety, or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).
If you have a problem or concern about a meat, poultry or egg product, you can visit the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.