More Than 167,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled Over E. Coli Risk

If you bought ground beef affected by the recall, throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it, health officials say. (Photo: Getty Images)

Thousands of pounds of ground beef shipped nationwide are being recalled by All American Meats, due to potential contamination with E. coli bacteria. 

About 167,427 pounds of ground beef products are affected by the recall; on the product label inside the USDA mark of inspection, they have the establishment number “EST. 20420.” 

The ground beef being recalled includes: 

  • 80-pound boxes of “Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100.

  • 80-pound boxes of “Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100.

  • 60-pound boxes of “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560.

  • 60-pound boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160.

  • 60-pound boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130.

  • 80-pound boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)”: sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.

E. coli O157:H7 was discovered during testing on Oct. 30; so far, there have been no reports of illness linked with consumption of the recalled products. If you have purchased one of the products affected by the recall, throw it away or return it.  

Infection with E. coli typically leads to symptoms of food poisoning, including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and dehydration two to eight days after exposure. Most healthy people recover from the symptoms on their own after a week or less, but young children and older adults may be at a higher risk for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. 

In general, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advises consumers to consume only ground beef cooked to have an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 

An E. coli outbreak has also been linked to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington, with eight people being hospitalized from the outbreak. While the exact food item that might be the culprit of this outbreak has yet to be determined, Reuters reported that it’s likely a fresh food product. All Chipotle restaurants have been closed in those two states for the time being.

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