A meat company is recalling 28,356 pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated with the strain of Escherichia coli known as O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The meat is pulled by Interstate Meat Distributors Inc. Headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon. The recalled products were produced on December 20, 2021, and bear the organization number “EST. 965” within the USDA inspection mark on the label, FSIS said in a press release.
The ground beef was shipped to stores including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Albertson’s in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. A full list of recalled products can be found on the USDA website.
The Aviation Safety and Information Administration said people who have meat in their refrigerators or freezers should throw it away.
FSIS said the problem was discovered when a package was submitted to a third-party laboratory for analysis and tested positive for E. coli. The agency said the FSIS evaluation “determined that the findings are actionable.”
While the FSIS did not identify a third-party lab, Consumer Reports said it purchased Kroger-branded ground beef at a Fred Meyer supermarket in Seattle that had been tested and found to contain E. coli O157:H7. Consumer Reports contacted the Ministry of Agriculture
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a strain of bacteria that can make a person very sick. It causes abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea and is the main cause of acute kidney failure in children.
It is characterized by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. People with these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.”
For more information about recalls, contact Interstate Meat Distributors Inc. At (503) 656-6168.