FORT MORGAN, Colo. — Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef products that might have been contaminated with E. coli and led to at least one death, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.
It’s the second time in a month the Fort Morgan-based company has recalled its ground beef products over E. coli concerns.
The ground beef was identified in an August investigation into an E. coli outbreak that left one person dead and 17 others injured, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.
The investigation found the case patients consumed ground beef products purchased at various stores nationwide that were supplied by Cargill, the FSIS said.
The recalled products carry an “EST. 86R” label inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced and packaged on June 21.
FSIS has concerns that some products were frozen and are in freezers. It urged customers to throw away the meat or return it to its place of purchase.
Cargill Meat Solutions in August recalled more than 25,000 pounds of ground beef for E. coli contamination.
Cargill sent the following statement to FOX31 and Channel 2 News:
“We were distressed to learn a fatality may be related to an E. coli contamination of one of our products. Our hearts go out to the families and individuals affected by this issue. We want to make sure that consumers understand how to identify and safely dispose of any questionable ground chuck. All affected product was pulled from supermarket shelves, but consumers may still have it in their freezers, so it is important that they take action to prevent possible illness. We are working in lock step with the USDA to notify consumers. A list of products involved in this recall can be found here. If there is any doubt, consumers should throw it out. At Cargill, food safety is something we work hard at every day. Internal and external food safety teams are assessing the processes at Fort Morgan and our other facilities to ensure we continue to deliver safe food to our customers and consumers.”