The USDA has announced a recall of boneless beef chuck distributed to Maryland and eight additional states due to E. coli contamination. As of March 27, 2023, boneless beef chuck distributed to Maryland and eight other states is being recalled due to E. coli contamination, as stated by the USDA. Elkhorn Valley Packing in Harper, Kansas, is recalling approximately 3,436 pounds of potentially contaminated meat with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103, as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
No list of stores or restaurant chains carrying the recalled beef has been provided by the USDA yet.
The recalled beef bears the establishment number “EST. M-19549” within the USDA mark of inspection. These items were sent to distributors, federal establishments, and retail and wholesale locations, including hotels, restaurants, and institutions in Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The boneless beef chuck, packaged on Feb 16, 2023, is subject to recall under the following product name: Various weights of corrugated cardboard boxes containing “Elkhorn Valley Pride Angus Beef 61226 BEEF CHUCK 2PC BNLS; Packed on 2/16/23.” The full list of serial numbers and box count numbers for the recalled boneless beef chuck product can be found here.
- coli contamination was discovered through routine testing of ground beef by federal food inspectors.
This bacteria can lead to vomiting and bloody diarrhea. E. coli bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea and, in severe cases, kidney failure, according to the FDA. The meat, which was packaged on Feb 16, 2023, was shipped to distributors and retailers in a total of nine states.
Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Some cases can be more severe and longer lasting. Diagnosis usually involves stool sample testing. Treatment generally involves rehydration and other supportive care, while antibiotic treatment is not typically recommended.
Most individuals recover within a week, but some may develop a more serious infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a rare complication that leads to kidney failure. This condition can affect individuals of any age but is more common in children under 5, older adults, and those who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Anyone who is experiencing these serious symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Dangerous E. coli strains are easily transmitted through contaminated food, water, or contact with infected individuals, making outbreaks difficult to control. Preventive measures, such as proper food handling, cooking, and personal hygiene, are essential to reduce the risk of E. coli infections.
Distributors and customers are advised not to use or distribute the recalled products. The meat should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
Once available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
The USDA encourages consumers to prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, safely and only to consume ground beef when cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees. A food thermometer should always be used to make sure that a safe temperature is reached. Those who want additional information regarding the recall should contact Dallas Kenney, the director of operations at Elkhorn Valley Packing.
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