The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday that about 23 thousand pounds of ground beef products are being recalled, due to the fear that it may be contaminated with E. Coli.
Those cases of ground beef were shipped to stores all across the U.S. The FSIS has expressed concern that some of this product may still be in buyers freezers. No illnesses have been reported relating to people eating this recalled ground beef.
The contamination was found as a result of a routine inspection by the FSIS, and its being classified as a class 1 incident. This means that there is a high risk that the product can cause serious health concerns or even death. 5 News talked with a local health department to get some tips and warning signs to look out for in case of E. Coli poisoning.
"The real thing with E. Coli bacteria 157A7, is the fact that it can cause death if not detected or treated early enough, with kidney failure. So it is important to get medical if in fact someone does become ill." said Marion County Health Department Administrator Lloyd Wright.
According to the FSIS E. Coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, or dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.
Our local health departments want to warn you that young children, seniors and people with weak immune systems are the most likely to get a food borne illness. Officials also want to remind everyone to only eat ground beef that has been cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't own an internal heat thermometer, officials say that if you press a spatula down on the meat as it's cooking, and the juices run clear, that most often time that is the perfect indicator that the meat has cooked all of the way through.
Jun 19, 2013 at 6:17 PMGreat job on the beef recall. No brand names, lot numbers or dates. Why give the story with no information?