Recall issued for ground beef because of E. coli risk

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Sample label from recalled ground beef

Sample label from recalled ground beef

WASHINGTON — Nearly 168,000 pounds of ground beef is being recalled due to potential E. coli contamination.

Federal food safety inspectors found the bacteria in meat that was packaged by All American Meats in Omaha, Neb., prompting regulators to issue a recall on Sunday for a massive batch of the company’s products that may also be affected.

The ground beef items were produced on Oct. 16, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100.
  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130.
  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.

The USDA said the beef was shipped all over the country. The packages also include the establishment number “EST. 20420” on the USDA mark of inspection. See what the labels look like here.

Regulators said no illnesses linked to the meat had been reported at the time the recall was issued.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” the USDA said in a press release. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

E. coli — the same bacteria that led Chipotle to close dozens of restaurants over the weekend — is potentially lethal. It causes dehydration and digestion issues and can lead to kidney failure. Symptoms include “bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output,” officials said.

It’s unclear how the contamination may have occurred. All American Meats did not immediately respond to requests for comment.