Ground Beef Recalled Following E. Coli Reports

Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. is recalling 8,500 lbs of ground beef after three people were sickened with <"">E. coli 026. According to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there is an association between the ground beef subject to recall and the illnesses, which occurred in Maine and New York.

The product subject to recall includes:

• 42-pound cases of “GROUND BEEF FINE 90/10,” containing three (3) – approximately 14 pound chubs each. These products have a “use/freeze by” date of “07/01/10,” and an identifying product code of “W69032.”

The recalled ground beef bears the establishment number “EST. 9400″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on June 11, 2010, and were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut and Maryland for further distribution. According to a report on, it is believed certain BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia received the recalled ground beef.

The USDA has deemed this ground beef recall Class I, which means a health hazard situation exists where there is a reasonable probability that consumption of the recalled ground beef will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. Consumers are being strongly encouraged to check their freezers and immediately discard any ground beef subject to this recall.

E. coli O26 is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. Of the three illnesses associated with this recalled ground beef, the USDA said one occurred in New York, while two others were reported in Maine. None of the cases required hospitalization.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the Cargill Meat Solution’s Consumer Line at (877) 788-4953.

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