FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Meat Products Due to Potential E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON August 18, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that specific ground beef products may be adulterated with E.coli O157:H7. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

“Hawaii Big Island Beef” brand ground beef products were produced on August 8, 2022. The following products are subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 1-lb. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 1#/package” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “134R1”.
  • 1-lb. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Meat (Ln) Fine 1#/package” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “135R1”.
  • 2 pounds vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 2#/package” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “134R2”.
  • 10 lb bags containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Poly Bag” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “0134P10”.
  • 10 lb vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (75) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “130R10”.
  • 10 pounds vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and box code “134R10”.
  • 40 pounds box containing four 10-pound puppies of “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10#” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “0134”.

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 1063” inside the USDA inspection mark. These items were shipped to retail outlets and restaurants in Hawaii.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during an evaluation of the establishment’s production records associated with a sample that tested positive for E.coli O157:H7.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. E.coli O157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after the organism is exposed. Although most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among people of any age, but is more common in children under 5 years of age and older adults. It is characterized by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine production. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately.

FSIS is concerned that any product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products must be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to consume only ground meat that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to confirm that the meat ground is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill. harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Media and consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact Matt Fornoff, CEO of Hawaii Beef Producers, LLC, at (808) 776-1109.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the East) from Monday to Friday. Consumers can also check for food safety messages at Ask USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic consumer complaint tracking system can be accessed 24 hours a day online at https://foodcomplaint.fsis. usda.gov/eCCF/.

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