WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a Class I recall for 113,000 pounds of raw ground beef on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, according to Thrillist.com. A Class I recall is the most urgent level of recall and signifies a dangerous situation in which someone who ingested the contaminated beef could die or suffer severe illness. The USDA continues to pursue the source of an E. coli outbreak that originated from contaminated raw beef products and has not determined whether the lot of beef recalled is related to the outbreak of E. coli-related illness reported recently.
The USDA said that 113,000 pounds of recalled beef were produced by a Georgia company doing business as Colorado Premium Food. This company shipped the beef to restaurants in the Georgia and Florida area. The company said that it voluntarily initiated the recall of the 24-pound raw beef packages it calls raw beef pucks. The packages are vacuum-sealed and produced between March 26 and April 12, 2019. The recalled product has the label EST. 51308.
The USDA tested the recalled product while trying to narrow down the source of an E. coli outbreak. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service warned that many people who fell ill with an E. coli infection ate a beef product at a particular restaurant. The Thrillist did not identify the restaurant. The fact that the USDA recalled the 113,000 pounds of raw beef is no indication that there is a link to the infected beef served at the restaurant in question.
E. coli is a very serious bacterial infection. A person who contracts E. coli will experience severe stomach cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most people who contract E. coli food poisoning do not need to be hospitalized. However, in some cases, the E. coli infection can result in the victim having a potentially lethal kidney disease.
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