Cargill Meat Solutions has issued a recall of approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. In a News Release yesterday (September 19th), The US Department of Agriculture considers the health risk of this issue “high”.
Eighteen people have become ill with E. coli related to the meat. Unfortunately, one of the individuals has died.
The recalled meat is from the chuck portion of the carcass and was produced June 21. The people that became ill began experiencing symptoms between July 5-25.
The USDA inspection mark on the recalled meat/packaging says “EST.86R” so be on the look-out, as these items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recall announcement, they are “concerned 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.”
Full USDA News Release including a list of products subject to recall and label images can be seen here: News Release – Ground beef recall