Update: Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Ground Beef
May 16, 2019 – The CDC and U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of infections linked to ground beef. Ill people in this outbreak ate ground beef from many sources, CDC said. Some ground beef has been recalled, but more product contaminated with E. coli O103 may still be on the market or in freezers. Click here for more information.
The recall affects the following products:
- Two 24-lb. vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing raw “GROUND BEEF PUCK” with “Use Thru” dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.
Affected products can be identified with the code “EST. 51308” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The meat was shipped to distributors in Port Orange, Fla., and Norcross, Ga., for further distribution to restaurants.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common form of bacteria typically found found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals, according to the CDC. Most types of E. coli are not only harmless to humans, but are actually a vital component of a healthy intestinal tract. However, some forms of the bacteria — such as E. coli 0157 — can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory illness, bloodstream infections, and other illnesses.
If you purchased any recalled meat products associated with this recall, you should not eat it, and either throw it away or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.