Announced on April 25th, 2022, the recall of about 121,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli O103 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said.

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The ground beef products were produced from February 1, 2022, through April 8, 2022. The complete list of products and product codes for the beef products that are subject to recall can be found here (click for list). Labels for the ground beef products can be found down below, just scroll down.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and nationwide. A routine test by the government discovered the problem.

Why Wasn't It Caught Before It Was Shipped?

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According to the FSIS, 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. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (an average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism.

What'll Happen to Me Physically If I Eat Meat Tainted This Way?

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Basically, you and the toilet will be great friends.

"Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon with STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.

It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately."(Source)

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Lakeside Refrigerated Services at 800-493-9042 or customercare@lakesiderefrigerated.com.

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