Affected products were produced by the Waco-based company on March 6 and have the establishment number “EST. M13054” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were distributed to food manufacturers in Texas.

FSIS officials said they were notified by the State of Texas’ Meat Safety Assurance Unit about a positive non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli sample.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria are classified by their O and H antigens (e.g., E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O26:H11) and broadly categorized as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 or non-O157 STEC.

For many years, most recognized STEC outbreaks were associated with STEC O157. Despite the dominance of STEC O157, at least 150 non-O157 strains of E. coli are known to cause human illness and have been associated with food poisoning outbreaks.

Signs and symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria and include diarrhea (which may be bloody), abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting.

Customers who purchased any affected products are urged to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.


H&B Beef Recall

Source: ABC 13

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