Approximately 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties imported from Canada are being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination. The recall was announced by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the health risk was high. The USDA website says this level of risk means, “…a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” (Source: USDA.gov)
The imported beef patties were intended for distribution in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Washington restaurants.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Besides death, E. coli O157:H7 can also cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and even kidney failure.
These are the products being recalled:
10 lb. boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 8 oz, with product code 55317, and production code 11 NO 22
10 lb boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 71g, with product code 55391 and bearing a production code of 11 SE 01 or 12 JA 04
The Food and Safety Inspection Service says consumers should eat only beef that has been cooked
to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and the only way to tell if it has reached that temperature is by measuring with an internal thermometer.
A toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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