• Beef Recalled For Possible E. Coli Contamination
  • October 1, 2014 | Author: Jennifer L. Keel
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Caviness Beef Packers has recalled approximately 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The beef trimmings were produced by the Texas-based company on Aug. 14 and 20, and their packaging contained the printed establishment number "EST. 675".

    Beef trimmings are used for the manufacturing of ground beef.

    FSIS is concerned because the products were sent to facilities for further processing and will no longer bear the establishment number. In addition, much of the product was being sent to fast food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas, so some of it may already be frozen in customers' freezers.

    The issue was discovered during a food safety assessment. Though the lots of trimmings being recalled tested negative for contamination, they were produced consecutively to lots that tested positive and were then processed into raw grounds and sent to retailers.

    E. coli is a bacteria that can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, which can often be bloody, and vomiting. Young children and elderly adults are more likely to develop severe illness than others, including hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a potentially life-threatening kidney complication. But even older children and young adults can become seriously ill, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Symptoms E. coli contamination usually appear three to four days after infection. They begin mild and progressively get worse, with most people recovering within five to seven days. However, people with signs of hemolytic uremic syndrome - decreased frequency of urination, fatigue and cheek color loss - should seek emergency medical care immediately. These symptoms typically show themselves about seven days after initial symptoms.