As millions of Americans are gearing up to fill their shopping carts with Memorial Day weekend grub, a recall could be throwing a dent in the plans. 62,000 pounds of raw beef is being recalled due to concerns about E. coli.
The United States Department of Agriculture made the announcement on May 22, indicating that the products were packaged on April 19, 2019 by Aurora Packing Company in Illinois. The potential contamination was found after a random sample test and traced back to the facility.
These items were shipped nationwide so be sure to check the dates on your meat products if you’ve bought any during the past 30 days or so. On packages, consumers should look for “EST. 788” as the establishment number on the USDA mark of inspection.
The list of products is extensive, so the USDA created a spreadsheet detailing the names of the items and their codes. It includes ribs, shanks, skirt steaks, brisket, chuck tenders, and more. To view the product list in its entirety, click here.
Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dehydration. Young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible, so you if you suspect you’ve been infected, visit a health care provider immediately.
To learn more about the recall, watch the video from CBS below. Be sure to check your stock of beef products too!
Has this recall affected your cookout plans? Are you surprised about this raw meat recall so close to the holiday?