Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Products affected by the recall were sealed in plastic packets and contain various amounts. All of the products were produced on Nov. 19. The use by date was Dec. 10, 2014 on all products and the establishment number was 40264.
A wide range of ground beef, chuck and brisket products were included in the recall.
Products were shipped to distributors for sale nationwide. Though the recalled products were not found to be contaminated, they were produced on the same day as others that were. The batches that tested positive for contamination never left the facility, but were in proximity with the others.
Discovery of the contaminant came about during a routine FSIS inspection.
E. coli O157:H7
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, E. coli is a bacteria living in human and animal intestines. While it is an important element to the functionality of the intestinal tract, some strains are pathogenic.
E. coli O157:H7 is a strand of toxic E.coli that can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Fevers are less common, but if present can be high. Some infections are mild, but others can be life-threatening, as the bacteria affects the kidneys. Symptoms usually appear three to four days after consumption of contaminated products, but can be delayed for up to 10 days. Symptoms should also disappear after five to 10 days. Additionally, symptoms of excessive drowsiness or urination can occur. If so, the person should be taken to the hospital for medical intervention.
The products listed above should be avoided.