The USDA has announced a recall of more than 62,000 pounds of raw meat just before one of the most popular barbecue weekends of the year. This Memorial Day, before you set your meat to sizzling, check the USDA mark of inspection on the package. Affected meat bears the stamp “EST. 788.” According to the USDA, the meat products, packed by Aurora Packing Company, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois, may contain E. coli. This contamination was discovered during random testing by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recalled meat products were packed in Illinois on April 19, 2019. However, they were subsequently shipped throughout the United States for distribution. The FSIS has provided a spreadsheet listing the various meat products involved in this recall.
The CDC lists diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramping, bloody stools, fever, and dehydration as symptoms of food poisoning caused by E. coli. Most individuals will recover from food poisoning within a few days. However, the elderly or very young may go on to develop kidney failure.
Questions regarding food recalls can be directed to the FSIS virtual representative “Ask Karen” at AskKaren.gov.Related: 10 Dirtiest Foods You’re Eating