According to Cargill Meat Solutions has recalled approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E.coli O26.
The products were made from the chuck portion of the carcass, USDA reports. They were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. You can view a complete .
All products subject to the recall have the establishment number "EST. 86R" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations across the U.S.
FSIS was notified on August 16, 2018 of an investigation of E.coli illnesses. FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners determined that the probable source of the illnesses was raw ground beef. There were 17 illnesses and one death identified in the epidemiological investigation, with onset dates between July 5 to July 25, 2018.
FSIS identified Cargill Meat Solutions' ground beef products following further investigation of a , where ground beef products were recalled in connection with the E. coli O26 outbreak. FSIS found that the affected patients consumed ground beef products from various retail stores that were supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions.
Most people infected with E. coli O26 develop (often bloody) diarrhea and vomiting, according to the USDA, and infection is usually diagnosed via stool sample. Most recover within a week, however it is possible (but rare) to develop a more severe infection.
FSIS is concerned that some of the contaminated product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. The USDA urges you not to eat the products, if you do have them. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
As a reminder from FSIS, you should always safely prepare raw meat products (fresh and frozen) and only eat ground beef that's been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To be sure, you need to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature. Always wash your hands after handling raw meat, poultry, and eggs—it can greatly reduce the the risk of cross-contamination. Finally, make sure to wash your counter tops and sinks with hot, soapy water.
For questions regarding the recall, you can call 1-844-419-1574.