About 14,158 lbs. of Creekstone Farms ground beef have been recalled due to a potential risk of E. coli food poisoning.
The ground beef recall was announced on March 8 by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after an independent laboratory tested a sample of the meat and found it to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There have been no reports of illnesses related to the contaminated meat.
The meat was produced by Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, based in Arkansas City, Kansas and was shipped to Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington in 40 to 60-pound cases. The meat was then further processed and/or distributed from those states and sold under a variety of different retail names. As of press time, the FSIS did not have a list of retail names that the meat might have been sold under.
The recall affects the following cases of Creekstone Farms ground beef:
- 40 lbs. cases with 10 lbs. chubs of “BEEF FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL”: Product code 80185
- 40 lbs. cases with 10 lbs. chubs of “BEEF CHUCK FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL”: Product code 80285
- 40 lbs. cases with 10 lbs. chubs of “BEEF SIRLOIN FINE GRIND 91/9 NATURAL”: Product code 80495
- 40 lbs. cases with 5 lbs. chubs of “BEEF FINE GRIND 90/10 NATURAL”: Product code 85165
- 60 lbs. cases with 10 lbs. chubs of “BEEF FINE GROUND 93/7”: Product code 86191
All of the affected ground beef will have an establishment number “EST 27” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced on February 22, 2011.
E. coli O157:H7 is one of the more common causes of food poisoning in the United States. When left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and potentially life-threatening illness. While most healthy adults recover from food poisoning caused by E. coli within a few weeks, young children and the elderly could be at risk for more severe illness. If the toxin enters the blood stream, E. coli could also lead to kidney failure known as Hemolytic-Urenia Syndrome (HUS).