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Ground beef recall due to possible E. Coli

Posted November 3, 2015

Ground beef

All American Meats is recalling over 167,000 pounds of ground beef nationwide.

The recall was initiated due to the possibility of E. Coli in the product. The recalled product was produced on October 16, 2015 and has a sell by date of November 3, 2015. There are multiple varieties of the ground beef that has been recalled. See below for the specific descriptions and case codes.

If you have any of this product, return it to the store where you purchased it or throw it away. If you return it to the store, they will likely give you a refund or offer to replace the item.

I have reached out to area grocery chains to see if they sold any of the recalled meat. As of Tuesday morning, I have heard back from Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger and Lowes Foods. All four stores have responded that they are not affected by this recall.

Below is the press release and you can see more details at the USDA website.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 01, 2015 – All American Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef items were produced on Oct. 16, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

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 products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 20420” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered on Oct. 30, 2015, when a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 from FSIS’ in-commerce surveillance program testing was traced back to the establishment. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


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  • GranOFTwenty Nov 3, 2015

    All foods that come form factories/processing plants have a certain "trash/fecal matter per unit" allowance ( peanut butter, tomato sauce , baby food...).
    There was a documentary a few months ago about chicken and eggs : 67% of all chickens and eggs tested positive for salmonella.
    Seafood has high levels of metals/mercury and other toxins from trash/pollution in the oceans
    Fresh produce has a high probability of being contaminated too - causes include : workers who don't wash their hands after restroom visits ; trucks that are not hosed out between loads ( mold and bacteria can grow on scraps left behind from previous loads) .

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 3, 2015

    DurhamistheBest - that is very unappealing. Another reason I do not eat ground beef......

  • GranOFTwenty Nov 3, 2015

    jdouglas13 - I Isn't it Crazy that the roasts can be cheaper than the ground beef ??
    The stuff I grind myself is less greasy , tastes better and less loss per lb !

  • DurhamistheBest Nov 3, 2015

    Consumer Reports just released a study that showed they analyzed 458lbs of ground beef and found e.coli, salmonella, in more than 60% of the meat. 100% of the meat studied was contaminated with fecal matter. MMMM Poo-burgers!

  • jdouglas13 Nov 3, 2015

    I hear you, Granoftwenty. I was doing that for a while myself. I thought it was interesting recently that HT had boneless chuck roasts on sale for less than the ground chuck was selling for -- all in the specialty butcher case. The butcher would grind the roast for me at the sale price, but would not sell the pre-ground chuck at the sale price (I offered since I thought it made sense and would save him the trouble of grinding the roast).

    Glad to hear the local stores were not involved.

  • Pepper2 Nov 3, 2015

    Thanks Faye and Ascherer!

  • GranOFTwenty Nov 3, 2015

    One of the reasons I grind my own meats

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 3, 2015

    Good news so far: Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger and Lowes Foods have all responded that their meat is not included in the recall.

    ascherer - better safe than sorry. I am just glad that the major grocery stores were not affected

    alihawk80 - you are welcome!

  • alihawk80 Nov 3, 2015

    Thank you for checking with the local grocery stores! Appreciate it!

  • ascherer Nov 3, 2015

    Faye - sometimes I hit other news sites and this one jumped out at me. I didn't want to post anything until you had heard it also meaning it could be a problem here at home in NC.