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Alert: E coli contamination identified by FDA poses public health risk

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Alert: E coli contamination identified by FDA poses public health risk

A public health alert has been issued for ground beef which may be contaminated with E. coli, in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The meat was sold to retail locations and food service institutions across Florida and the US.

The raw ground beef was produced on March 28 and has a “use/freeze by” date of April 22, 2024, with a packaging date of “032824.” The products subject to the alert could be found on the FSIS website.

The general public health alert was issued as the bottom beef could also be contaminated with E. coli. FSIS is anxious that some product could also be in consumers’ and food service institutions’ freezers. No illnesses have been confirmed attributable to consumption of those products.

If you’ve gotten purchased any of those products, it is suggested to not eat them. As a substitute, throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

If you’ve gotten further questions on the general public health alert, you may contact Gina Adami of Greater Omaha Packing Co., Inc. at 402-575-4702 or gadami@gmail.com. For food safety questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or email MPHotline@usda.gov.

Escherichia coli, or E. coli, are bacteria that could cause illness, with symptoms including severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. To forestall E. coli infections, it’s endorsed to clean hands thoroughly, cook meats to a temperature of a minimum of 160 degrees, and avoid swallowing water while swimming.

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