The recall affects 24-pound vacuum-sealed packages of “ground beef pucks,” which were produced from March 26, 2019, to April 12, 2019, FSIS said.
Affected products feature the code “EST. 51308” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, and were shipped to restaurant distributors in Georgia and Florida, according to the agency.
FSIS specified the action as a Class 1 Recall, “where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common form of bacteria normally found in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most types of E. coli are relatively harmless, causing brief gastrointestinal symptoms. However, there are several particularly vicious strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, which can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
Restaurants that purchased the recalled beef are urged not to serve any of the product, and to discard it immediately or return it for a full refund.
To date, no E. coli infections or other illnesses have been associated with the recalled ground beef, FSIS said.