The recall in question is a Class 1 recall, meaning there's "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death," according to the USDA. The agency has provided a list of labels for the 27 products recalled, just so you can cross-reference labels of the contaminated products with what's in your fridge.
E. coli, which is a "potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps," according to authorities, is not to be trifled with. In some instances, people exposed to the bacteria develop a specific kind of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years-old and older adults.
Last month, a smaller but similar E. coli outbreak affected 5,000 pounds of beef in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.