The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that a specific ground beef product may be contaminated with E. coli O103. The recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.
Items of raw ground beef were produced on October 4, 2022. The following product is subject to public health warning labels:
• 1 lb. plastic vacuum packed containers containing “FRANK’S BUTCHER SHOP GROUND BEEF” with the date “PACKED ON” 10-07-2022 and 10-09-2022 on the label.
The company’s retail store in Hudson, Wyoming sold the affected product directly to consumers. FBS Hudson is actively trying to contact consumers who may have purchased the 14-pack of ground beef product subject to the public health warning.
The problem was discovered when FBS Hudson notified FSIS that routine microbial testing results found Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103 in a ground beef sample. There are no confirmed reports of illness from consuming these products.
Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC, such as O103, because it is more difficult to identify than STEC O157:H7. People can become sick with STEC 2-8 days (3-4 days on average) after consuming the organism.
Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more serious. The infection is usually diagnosed by testing a stool sample. The usual treatment is intensive rehydration and other supportive care; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely some develop a more serious infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon in STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in children under 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It is characterized by easy bruising, pallor and reduced urine output. Persons experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some of the products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned at the point of purchase.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to consume only ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/