The recall was issued after Interstate Meat Distributors’ own third party testing identified E. coli in the beef trim, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Affected products include:

  • 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 meat was produced and packaged on Feb. 10 and 12, and distributed to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington State, according to FSIS. All affected products have the establishment number “965” inside the USDA inspection marks.

Signs and symptoms of E. coli poisoning include:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If the infection spreads to the blood or kidneys, symptoms may include:

  • Pale skin
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Passing small amounts of urine

Consumers who have purchased any meat affected by the recall are urged to discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

To date, no E. coli infections or other illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

Source: Miami Herald

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