If you recently purchased ground beef, then you might have a serious health hazard lurking in your refrigerator, according to a recall and public health warning announced Sunday by the US Food & Drug Administration.
Specifically, an Omaha, NE-based company called All American Meats, Inc., is recalling approximately 167,427lbs of its ground beef products due to the possibility that they're contaminated with E. coli. The potentially deadly bacterium can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps within two to eight days after exposure, and could ultimately lead to kidney failure among children and the elderly, according to the USDA. You do not want that in your cheeseburgers.
The potentially adulterated ground beef products were shipped to retailers across the country, but so far, there have been no reports of illness, the agency said. The hazard was first discovered on October 30th, when a product traced back to All American Meats tested positive for E. coli. Along with a health warning, the USDA has provided images of labels from the recalled products, so you can check your meat. Obviously, you shouldn't eat the ground beef if you think it's among the recalled items.
In fact, you might want to rethink eating processed meats and red meat altogether, given recent news.
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