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Hamburger patties and bulk-packaged ground beef distributed to 17 states have been recalled over concerns that they may be contaminated with E. coli, a foodborne pathogen that can be particularly harmful to older adults.
Lakeside Refrigerated Services, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, recalled approximately 120,872 pounds of its ground beef after routine testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on imported products came back positive for the bacteria. While the recalled products were sent to 17 states, they may have been sold at stores in other states, as well.
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There have been no reports of illness or adverse reaction from consuming these products; however, many clinical labs do not test for the type of E. coli detected in this recall, E. coli O103, because it is harder to identify, FSIS said in the April 25 announcement.
The USDA classified this recall as a Class I, meaning there is high to medium probability that consuming the meat can cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
Recalled ground beef
The recalled ground beef was produced from Feb. 1, 2022, through April 8, with the establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold under six brand names as well as in unbranded bulk packages, and distributed to Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington state.
Although most affected retailers have not yet acknowledged the recalls publicly, the recalled products include several store brands, including Marketside (Walmart), Weis (Weis Markets) and SEG (Winn-Dixie). Additional brands that were recalled are Thomas Farms, Tajima and Nature’s Reserve. Other retailers known to have sold these brands include Target and Food City. See the full list of recalled products, including brand names, product descriptions, packaging dates and lot codes.
According to an April 26 recall alert from Walmart, the recalled ground beef was sold at nearly 1,400 of its stores in 17 states, plus stores in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Here is the full list of Walmart stores that sold the recalled ground beef.