(RxWiki News) Caviness Beef Packers, a Hereford, TX firm, has issued a recall of more than 23,000 pounds of products containing beef trimmings. The products may be contaminated with E. coli.
The recalled products are "combo bins" containing "Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 90 L" or "Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 84 L." Consumers checking whether the product they purchased was recalled should look for "EST. 675" near the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection stamp on the package.
Although the products tested negative for E. coli in food safety assessments, they were produced directly after contaminated lots. These possibly contaminated products were shipped to fast-food restaurants and distribution centers in Texas.
E. coli is a bacteria that can cause symptoms like stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Most people recover from infection within a week, but some patients develop hemolytic uremic syndrome — a type of kidney failure that can be deadly. Symptoms of this condition include paleness, easy bruising and decreased urine output.
People who have these symptoms after eating a recalled product should seek immediate medical care.
The USDA writes on its website that raw meat products — both fresh and frozen — should be cooked to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and 160 F for ground beef.