Cargill Meat Solutions of Fort Morgan, Colorado has recalled approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products. Officials at the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) say the beef may be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) O26.
The ground beef items were produced and packaged on June 21st. Products subject to recall are 3-pound, 10-pound and 20-pound chubs bearing establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The Cargill Meat Solutions’ ground beef products were identified following further investigation related to another recall of beef products sold by a Florida retailer. FSIS’ traceback information indicated that people who became ill had consumed ground beef products purchased at retail stores supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions. The investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5th to July 25th.
FSIS reported concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.