E. coli Found in Ground Beef: USDA Official Alerts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says some ground beef from Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. might have E. coli O157:H7. This means it could make people sick.

FSIS wants people to know about this, so they don’t eat the beef.

They didn’t ask for a recall because the beef isn’t in stores anymore.

The ground beef was made on March 28, 2024. It should be used or frozen by April 22, 2024. Look for “032824” on the package. These products have “EST. 960A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sent to restaurants and stores across the country. 

The company found out about the problem while checking their stock. Some of the beef tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. They accidentally used some of it to make ground beef, which they then sold.

There haven’t been any confirmed reports of people getting sick from eating these products. They’re safe to eat.

FSIS is worried some products might be in your freezer. If you bought them, don’t eat them. Restaurants should not serve them either. Either discard them or take them back to where you bought them.

Make sure to cook all your raw meat properly. This includes fresh and frozen meat. Cook ground beef until it reaches 160°F. To be sure it’s safe, use a food thermometer.(Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart)

To sum up, don’t eat or serve any suspect products. Cook ground beef to 160°F. Use a food thermometer to check.

About E. coli Infections

If you ate something bad and feel sick, see a doctor. Tell them you might have E. coli.

E. coli makes your tummy hurt a lot and gives you diarrhea, sometimes with blood. You might also have a fever. Most people get better in 5 to 7 days, but some get very sick.

Around 5 to 10 percent of people with E. coli get really sick. They might have kidney problems, called HUS. Signs of HUS include fever, belly pain, feeling very tired, peeing less, bruises, and looking pale.

Understanding Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

What is HUS?

HUS is a sickness that affects people of any age. It’s more common in kids under five, older adults, and those with weak immune systems like cancer patients.

Recovery and Risks

Most people with HUS get better in a few weeks. But some can have lasting problems or even die. 

Why Seek Help Quickly? 

If you have HUS symptoms, go to the hospital right away. HUS can lead to serious issues like high blood pressure, kidney disease, brain damage, and nerve problems.

What to Expect in the Hospital 

If you have HUS, you’ll probably stay in the hospital. Doctors will watch you closely and treat any complications that come up.

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