Concern about potential contamination by potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has sparked a recall of nearly 15,000 pounds of raw ground beef and pork products produced by an Oregon company.
Interstate Meat Distributors, based in Clackamas, prompted the recall by notifying U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety inspection personnel that the company's sample of beef trim had tested positive for E. coli, the USDA announced Saturday.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions among consumers who may have consumed portions of the 14,806 pounds of meat products. However, the USDA urged consumers to throw the products away or return them to the place of purchase.
E. coli can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps after exposure. Most people recover within a week, but some develop a form of kidney failure, the USDA said.
The raw ground beef and pork items were produced and packaged on Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, and were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state, the agency said.
The products subject to the recall are:
- 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF” containing package code 04118 and with 96% lean and 4% fat on the label.
- 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
- 2.25-pound wrapped packages of fresh “GROUND BEEF AND PORK BLEND” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
- 2.50-pound bag of 10 quarter pound frozen “BROTHERS CHOICE 85% LEAN ANGUS GROUND BEEF PATTIES” containing package code 04318.
The products have establishment number 965 inside the USDA inspection marks.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Interstate Meat Distributors at 503-656-0633, the agency said.
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