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E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Recall Of Cargill Ground Beef

Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling hundreds of thousands of pounds ground beef products following an E.coli outbreak that caused one death and 17 illnesses.   

According to the USDA, Cargill is recalling over 132,00 pounds of ground beef products that may be infected with E.coli following an epidemiological investigation that found the affected people purchased the meat from grocery stores supplied by Ft. Morgan, Colorado’s Cargill Meat Solution

The ground beef items were produced and packaged on June 21, and include three-, 10-, and 20-pound packages of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with use or freeze by dates of July 11.

The products being recalled are marked with the establishment number “EST.86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned some consumers may have frozen the recalled beef and is urging those consumers not to eat those products.

Symptoms of E. coli infections include diarrhea and vomiting, with more severe infections potentially leading to kidney failure.

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