Beware – Nationwide Ground Beef Recall

ground beefKansas-based Cargill Meat Solutions has issued a nationwide recall of approximately 132,606 pounds of its ground beef products that were produced and packaged on June 21st, 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging consumers to check their freezers for ground beef with “EST. 86R” printed inside the USDA inspection mark.

This recall was prompted by the death of one person and the illness of 17 others linked to the consumption of the meat. Officials fear that the ground beef was made from chuck that was possibly contaminated with Escherichia coli 026.

Symptoms of Escherichia Coli 026 Infection

The most common symptoms of Escherichia coli 026 infections are (often bloody) diarrhea and vomiting. A positive diagnosis can be determined by testing a stool sample. Treatment involves vigorous rehydration, and symptoms usually subside within a week. However, some victims develop a more severe infection.

Another ailment associated with Escherichia coli 026 infections is a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS is a type of kidney failure that occurs most often in children under 5 years old, elderly adults, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include bruising easily, decreased urine output, and pale complexion. People experiencing such symptoms are advised to seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Specific Products on the Recall List

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JULY/11/18 and case code 00228749057646.
  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 00228749002653.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 00228749089098.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 90028749002751.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 90028749003536.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 00228749003568.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 90028749402773.
  • 20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 90028749073935.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 00228749702416.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 and case code 90028749802405.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 with case code 00228749802413.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By July 11/18 with case code 90734730297241.

Food manufacturers and distributors have a duty to ensure that the products they sell to us are safe for consumption. Failure to do so is often grounds for legal action. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a contaminated food product, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. To find out more about your legal options in North Carolina, call the Wilmington office of Rhine Law Firm, P.C., for a personal consultation. We have deep experience handling lawsuits involving foodborne illness. Dial (910) 501-2474 today.

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