The Aurora Packing Company, Inc., a North Aurora, Ill. establishment, has recalled approximately 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157: H7, according to a press release by the USDA dated May 22, 2019
The press release stated that “raw beef products were packaged on April 19, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to recall.[View Labels(PDF only)]. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide for further distribution and processing.”
It’s believed that the problem was discovered during traceback activities in response to random sample testing by FSIS.
“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” read the statement.
The release also advised that this particular strain; E. coli O157: H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism.
“While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately,” the statement continued to advise.
With the Memorial Day holiday this coming weekend, those who have purchased any Aurora meta-products are encouraged to check the labels.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional facility freezers. Institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to use them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” was advised in the official press release on the USDA website.
To read the full press release click here