Beef Shipped to 9 States Recalled Over Contamination Concerns

The affected beef was packed on Feb. 16.

It's time to check your refrigerators and freezers because thousands of beef chuck have been recalled. 

Nearly 3,436 pounds of Elkhorn Valley Pride Angus Beef products have been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The contaminated items were packed on Feb. 16 and shipped to distributors, federal establishments, retail locations, and wholesale locations, which includes hotels, restaurants, and institutions in nine states, including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and Connecticut.

According to the FSIS, these recalled items may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103. The issue was discovered when FSIS conducted a routine test of ground beef derived from the product and the sample was confirmed positive for STEC O103.

As of now, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.

The FSIS noted that anyone who may be infected with STEC O103 may develop diarrhea that is often bloody and may experience vomiting. The Infection of E. coli is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample.

Treatment consists of vigorous rehydration and other supportive care. Most people who have been contaminated typically recover within a week, but some may develop a more severe infection, though it is rare. 

The FSIS advises any distributors and other customers who have purchased these products for further processing should not use them or further distribute them. The contaminated products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The FSIS also advises that all consumers safely prepare their raw meat products–fresh and frozen–and only consume ground beef products that have been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.

You can view the complete list of serial numbers and box count numbers for the boneless beef chuck product that is subject to recall here.

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