About 28,356 pounds of ground beef made for four chains, including three of the nation’s top four grocery sellers, has been recalled because they might be contaminated with the nastiest version of E. coli.
Here’s what you need to know.
What’s recalled at Albertsons, Kroger, Walmart, and WinCo?
Ground beef made by Interstate Meat Distributors, an Oregon company. The beef will have “EST. 965” inside the USDA inspection mark or near the time stamp and use by/freeze by date, which is 1/11/2022 for each.
Walmart: All Natural Lean Ground Beef, 93% lean, 16-ounce chub, 21:15 through 22:42 L3; and All Natural Lean Ground Beef, 93% lean, 48-ounce chub, 18:15 through 21:18 L1 and 21:00 through 22:19 L2.
Kroger: Ground Beef, 93% lean, 16-ounce chub, 19:19 through 21:14 L3; and Ground Beef, 93% lean, 48-ounce chub, 18:15 through 21:18 L1.
Albertsons: Signature Farms Ground Beef, 93% lean, 16-ounce chub, 19:19 through 21:14 L3; and Signature Farms Ground Beef, 93% lean, 48-ounce chub, 18:15 through 21:18 L1.
WinCo: Ground Beef Sirloin, 90% lean, 16-ounce chub, 18:37 through 18:48; Ground Beef 93% lean, 16-ounce chub, 19:19 through 21:14; and Ground Beef, 93% lean, 48-ounce chub, 18:15 through 21:18 L1.
The beef went to stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Third party testing of a pack of beef bought in a store found E. coli O157:H7 the USDA-written recall notice said.
The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service “conducted an assessment of the third-party laboratory’s accreditation and methodologies and determined the results were actionable,” the USDA said.
What are symptoms of E. coli infection?
E. coli symptoms come 1 to 10 days after eating the bacteria, but usually three or four days, fever, stomachaches, vomiting and diarrhea can start. The diarrhea can get bloody. The O157:H7 variety is the most likely to bring about hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure that can kill.
What you should do now?
Throw the beef away or return it to the store for a refund and watch store staff throw it away. Clean and sanitize any surface or container that the beef touched.
If you have questions about the recall, call Interstate Sales Manager Mike Sinner or Quality Assurance Manager Rodolfo Mendoza at 503-656-6168.
This story was originally published January 7, 2022 4:40 AM.