More Than 120,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Have Been Recalled For Possible E. Coli Contamination
Lakeside Refrigerated Services is recalling more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination, according to an announcement made Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture. "The problem was discovered during routine Food Safety and Inspection Service testing of imported products. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA states.
According to the government agency, the ground beef products were produced from February 1 through April 8 and were sold under the brands names Thomas Farms, Nature's Reserve, and Marketside Butcher, which shipped them to stores around the country.
The recalled products were sold as both packaged ground beef and burger patties. "FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers," the USDA states. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."
Although most strains of E.Coli aren't harmful, others can make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that some varieties can cause symptoms that range from diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses. If you're concerned that you have an affected item in your home, the complete list of products and product codes for the recalled beef products can be found here, while labels for the products can be found here.
If you have questions regarding the recall or have any other food-related concerns, consumers are encouraged to call the toll-free USDA meat and poultry hotline at 888-674-6854 or use the live chat function on the agency's website from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday.