USDA Recalls Potentially Contaminated Ground Beef And Pork

Mar 5, 2018

More than fourteen-thousand pounds of ground beef and pork products are being recalled.   U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

The Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., of Clackamas, Oregon says the products subject to recall bear establishment number “965” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

The raw ground beef and pork items were produced and packaged on February 10, 2018 and February 12, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

      2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF” containing package code 04118 and with 96% lean and 4% fat on the label.

2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.

2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “GROUND BEEF AND PORK BLEND” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.

2.50-lb. bag containing 10 quarter pound frozen “BROTHERS CHOICE 85% LEAN ANGUS GROUND BEEF PATTIES” containing package code 04318.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products but 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.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop kidney failure.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.