Attention all meat eaters: be on high alert of ground beef!
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, more than 132,606 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled for E.coli O26.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the “ground beef, made from the chuck portion of the carcass, were produced and packaged on June 21 and have the establishment number "EST. 86R" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to retailers nationwide.”
You read that right- this is a nationwide recall.
So far, several Michigan- based stories have already identified several products that are affected. Some of the major retails affected nationwide are Meijer, Sam’s Club, Safeway, and Albertsons. For a more specific list of the affected retailers, click here.
If you shop at any of the affected retailers, be sure to check the product’s identification number located on the label.
Symptoms from this specific strand of E. coli include diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. While most would recover in a week, for some, it may take longer. For individuals who are already ill, E. coli can be fatal.
Consumers with concerns can learn more by calling 1-844-419-1574. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, can be reached at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).