WASHINGTON, D.C. — A beef production company from North Aurora, Illinois issued a recall notice for 62,112 pounds of raw beef over fears that the meat could contain the E. coli bacteria 0157: H7. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced its website. Accordingly, Aurora Packing Company, Inc. will commence the recall campaign immediately. To date, the FDA FSIS has not received any reports of illness or injury from anyone who consumer contaminated meat. Notwithstanding, the FSIS defined this recall as a Class I recall, meaning that there is a high likelihood of someone falling seriously ill or dying from eating beef products tainted by E. coli.
According to the announcement on the FSIS webpage, Aurora Packing Company, Inc. learned of the possible E. coli contamination after the FSIS traced tainted meat to Aurora Packing Company. FSIS found potential contamination after performing routine checks of beef products. The FSIS investigation was able to narrow the contaminated meat down to its packaging date of April 19, 2019. All of the recalled beef products have the designation EST. 788 in the USDA inspection mark. Aurora Packing Company, Inc. said that it shipped products packaged on April 19, 2019, across the United States.
An E. coli 0157: H7 infection can be deadly. The infection has an incubation time of anywhere between two and eight days from date of contamination. The symptoms could last for three to four days and include bloody stools, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and dehydration. The most severe side effect from an E. coli infection is a hemolytic uremic syndrome, which could cause kidney failure in children under five, older adults, and people with kidney problems. Anyone concerned about contracting E. coli must contact their physician immediately.
FSIS will monitor the recall situation closely to ensure that all of the recalled beef products have been removed from points of sale or institutional food vendors.
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