Source: RLS Media
A Kansas meat packing company recalled approximately 3,436 pounds of boneless beef chuck that may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli(STEC) O103, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced.
Elkhorn Valley Packing said the boneless beef chuck items were packed on Feb. 16, 2023.
According to the USDA, the product subject to recall bears the establishment number “EST. M-19549” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The meat was shipped to distributors, federal establishments, retail locations, and wholesale locations, which include hotels, restaurants, and institutions in ten states including Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The problem was discovered when FSIS was conducting routine FSIS testing of ground beef derived from this product, and the sample confirmed positive for STEC O103. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism.
Health officials said most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing a stool sample.Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.
Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon with STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under five, older adults, and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
The meat should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Distributors and other customers who have purchased these products for further processing should not use or further distribute them.