MORE than 28,000 pounds of ground beef sold at stores across the US have been recalled over fears of E.coli contamination.
The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection service (FSIS) confirmed that Interstate Meat Dist. Inc would recall products on Thursday.
The products were believed to be sold at select Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons and WinCo Foods across various locations.
The retail notice suggested that they had been distributed in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
But, after Walmart posted a 13-page list of store locations containing the recalled meat, it is understood that areas of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Montana are also affected.
The beef products were intended to be used in a variety of ground beef packages that were later sold products at the likes Fred Meyer stores and Albertsons and Safeway stores.
A full list was issued at all three affected stores.
They were produced on December 20, 2021, and bear the establishment number “EST. 960A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The contamination was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample that confirmed positive for the presence of E. coli, officials said.
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It has since been labeled by the USDA as a "Class I" recall, which is defined as a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
E. coli, a bacteria found in fecal matter, can be particularly dangerous to infants, young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
However, there has been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products, according to the USDA news release.
ADDITIONAL WALMART RECALL
The latest outbreak came as a further 15,000 pounds of beef sticks were recalled at Walmart after the watchdog found that they had been mislabelled.
Abbyland Foods, a company based in Wisonsin, issued the recall of its Iowa Smokehouse Original Smoked Beef Sticks on Saturday.
Customers had claimed that they found cheese in the product with package labels 1633B
The recall was issued on January 8, 2022, and affects beef sticks that were produced between November 15 and November 17, 2021.
A formal statement was issued by the FSIS.read: "The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label,"
"Anyone concerned about an injury of illness should contact their healthcare provider.
"Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them."
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