FSIS issues public health warning on ground beef products due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination
Washington August 18, 2022 – The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns that certain ground beef products may be adulterated. Escherichia coli O157:H7. No recall requested as the product is no longer available for purchase.
“Hawaii Big Island Beef” branded ground beef products were produced on August 8, 2022. The following products are subject to public health alerts: [view labels]:
- 1 lb. Vacuum sealed package containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 1#/pkg” labeled “Packed 08/08/22”, “Lot 220808”, case code “134R1”.
- 1 lb. Vacuum sealed package containing “Packed 08/08/22” on label, “Lot 220808”, “Ground Beef (Ln) Fine 1#/pkg” with case code “135R1”.
- 2 lbs. Vacuum sealed package containing “Packed 08/08/22” on label, “Lot 220808”, “Ground Beef (80) Fine 2#/pkg” with case code “134R2”.
- 10 lbs. Bag containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Poly Bag” labeled “Packed 08/08/22”, “Lot 220808”, case code “0134P10”.
- 10 lbs. Vacuum sealed package containing “Ground Beef (75) Fine 10# Vac Seal” labeled “Packed 08/08/22”, “Lot 220808”, case code “130R10”.
- 10 lbs. Vacuum sealed package containing “Packed 08/08/22” on label, “Lot 220808”, “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with case code “134R10”.
- 40 lbs. His box of four 10-pound chub of “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10#” with label stating “Packed 08/08/22”, “Lot 220808”, case code “0134”. increase.
The establishment number “EST.1063” is stamped inside the USDA inspection mark. These items were shipped to retailers and restaurants in Hawaii.
This issue was discovered by FSIS during an evaluation of the facility’s production records related to samples that tested positive. Escherichia coli O157:H7.
There have been no confirmed reports of side effects from consuming these products.
People who are worried about their illness should contact their health care provider. Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a potentially lethal bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after infection (3-4 days on average). Most people recover from him within a week, but some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The condition can occur in people of any age, but it is most common in children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 5. It is characterized by easy bruising, paleness, and decreased urine output. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in a consumer’s refrigerator or freezer. Consumers who purchase these products are urged not to consume them.These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen meats, and to consume only ground beef cooked at a temperature of 160 F. Harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.
Media and consumers with questions regarding the public health warning should contact Matt Fohnoff, General Manager, Hawaii Beef Producers LLC at (808) 776-1109.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ) via Ask USDA. Consumers can also view food safety messages on Ask USDA or email their questions to [email protected]. A consumer who needs to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product has his 24-hour access to the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/). increase.