Report of E. Coli Illness Prompts Costco to Issue Food Recall for Ground Beef
A Minnesota Costco has issued a food recall for a batch of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli.
Reportedly, a child became sick with a dangerous strand of the food-borne pathogen, prompting the food recall.
The ground beef under the food recall is about 383 units of 88% lean fresh ground beef, and bears the Costco number 33724 under the Costco label. Costco said the product was sold directly to 342 consumers at the Costco in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, between September 4th and September 7th.
On October 17th, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of the E. coli infection. After an investigation, the FSIS determined that it was contaminated ground beef from the Costco in question, prompting a food recall from the retail store. The FSIS is continuing to work with Costco to determine the exact locations where the beef could have originated – currently, there are as many as 16 federally-inspected establishments that supply that Costco with beef.
E. coli of the strain O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can infect a consumer if beef is not fully cooked. E. coli infections can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Most people recover from the infection in about a week, but sometimes patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which can cause kidney damage and sometimes leads to death. Symptoms of HUS include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Although the disease is most dangerous to children ages 5 and younger, and older adults, anyone with those symptoms should seek medical treatment.
The USDA and Costco are concerned that “some product may be frozen in consumers’ freezers,” a USDA statement said. “We’re pretty confident they were able to reach everybody affected,” said Alexandra Tarrant, a USDA spokeswoman.
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