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Ground Beef Recalled Over E. coli Fear

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Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:09 p.m. to add Arkansas to list of states affected and to add a statement from Walmart. 

June 15, 2020 -- More than 21 tons of ground beef has been recalled over concerns it may be contaminated with E. coli.

The recall, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, includes products sold at hundreds of Walmart stores as well as Food City stores.

Walmart says the products are sold in Alabama, Arkansas Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Food City did not provide information on stores that carry the recalled Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties.

"As soon as we were notified by Thomas Foods of the recall, we immediately began the process of alerting our stores and distribution centers to remove the affected product from our store shelves and inventory, including a sales restriction," Walmart said in a statement. "Customers who have purchased the items identified in the recall should dispose of the product and return to their nearest Walmart for a full refund."

Lakeside Refrigerated Services, of Swedesboro, NJ, produced the beef on June 1. Recalled products include:

  • 1-pound vacuum packages containing “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef” with a use or freeze-by date of July 1, 2020, and lot code P-53298-82.
  • 1-pound vacuum packages containing four ¼-pound pieces of “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties” with a use or freeze-by date of June 27, 2020, and lot code P-53934-28.
  • 3-pound vacuum packages containing three 1-pound pieces of “Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef 93% Lean / 7% Fat” with a use or freeze-by date of July 1, 2020, and lot code P53929-70.
  • 1-pound tray packages containing four ¼-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean / 15% Fat” with a use or freeze-by date of June 25, 2020, and lot code P53944-10.
  • 4-pound tray packages containing 10 ¼-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 80% Lean / 20% Fat” with a use or freeze-by date of June 25, 2020, and lot code P53937-45.
  • 1-pound vacuum packages containing four ¼-pound pieces of “Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean / 15% Fat” with a use or freeze-by date of June 27, 2020, and lot code P53935-25.
  • 1-pound vacuum packages containing “Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% Lean / 24% Fat” with a use or freeze-by date of July 1, 2020, and lot code P53930-18.

E. coli bacteria can be deadly. It may cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and belly cramps 2 to 8 days after you’re exposed to it. While most people recover within a week, some get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is most common in children under 5, as well as older adults, and requires medical care right away. Symptoms include easy bruising, a pale, unhealthy appearance, and less urine output.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 15, 2020

Sources

Foodcity.com: “FDA & Voluntary Recalls.”

Walmart.com: “Food and Pharmaceutical Recalls.”

FDA.gov: “Lakeside Refrigerated Services Recalls Beef Products due to Possible E.coli O157:H7 Contamination.”

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