Ground beef recalls are far from uncommon, but this case is a little different. Approximately 113,424 pounds of ground beef used in restaurants is being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
The recall was issued on April 23, 2019, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ground beef was shipped to distributors in Florida and Georgia and then on to restaurants. You might want to call around before you hit the town for a night out.
What products are recalled?
The ground beef items named under the recall were produced between March 26 and April 12, 2019. The beef is packed in two 24-lb. vacuum-packed packages per cardboard box, according to FSIS.
K2D Foods, who does business under the name Colorado Premium Foods, produced the beef and voluntarily recalled it after an E. coli outbreak that infected 156 people in 10 states. It has not been confirmed that the outbreak is related to this recall, but FSIS and K2D Foods acted out of an abundance of caution.
What to look out for
You probably won’t find the affected ground beef in your kitchen or at the grocery store, as the packages were shipped to restaurants. But if you work in the hospitality industry, each package should be stamped with one of the following “Use Thru” dates:
The ground beef will also bear the establishment number EST. 51308 inside the USDA stamp on all inspected boxes.
What comes next?
FSIS and K2D are urging restaurants in the affected regions not to serve contaminated ground beef that may be stockpiled away in refrigerators or freezers. The restaurants should be disposing of the recalled product, but we’d recommend ordering the chicken for a couple days.
If you are a consumer and have questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. This number can be reached 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
How do I avoid getting E. coli?
This particular E. coli strain is trickier than what we’re used to hearing about. The reported strain is O103, which many clinical labs do not test for. It’s harder to identify—and it takes 2-8 days for symptoms to appear.
If you think you’re developing symptoms of E. coli, get to a medical professional ASAP. Practice these good habits to protect your family from E. coli.