A beef recall or meat recall is scary. The beef recall was called by Federal Food Inspectors. A beef or meat recall can be stressful, and contaminated meat or beef can make you very ill. What is the current beef recall, and who does this meat recall affect?
Federal Food Investigators have recalled nearly 1/2 million pounds of ground beef, after an outbreak of E. Coli in New England lead to one death and dozens of illnesses. The beef recalled comes from Fairbank Farms. The Fairbank Farms meat recall comes about a week after 1,000 pounds of beef were recalled from South Shore Meats, Co.
According to AboutLawsuits.com, “The ground beef may be contaminated with the E. coli O157:H7, a strain of bacteria that could be connected with food poisoning cases identified across New England. E. coli O157:H7 is one of the more common causes of food poisoning in the United States. When left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and potentially life-threatening illness. While most healthy adults recover within a few week from E. coli food poisoning, young children and the elderly could be at risk for more severe illness. If the toxin enters the blood stream, E. coli could also lead to kidney failure known as Hemolytic-Urenia Syndrome (HUS).”
There’s no concrete ruling as to whether or not the two meat recalls made in recent weeks are linked together. It’s entirely plausible that the meat from two different companies were handled by the same slaughterhouse or meat processing plant.
The meat involved in the recall was produced in mid-September and is past its expiration date. The concern is that people have put this meat in their freezer. Freezing meat is very popular, and extends the useful life of the meat. If you live in New England and have meat produced at Fairbank Farms or South Shore Meats, Co. take precautions and throw it out and buy yourself new meat.
The affected meat from Fairbank Farms was sold under a variety of labels such as Shaw’s, Giant’s Nature Promise, and generic store labels. It has a ticket on the meat package that reads “EST 492.”
According to WrongDiagnosis.com, the symptoms of e.coli poisoning include watery diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, mild or no fever, and anemia. If you suspect that you have been exposed to contaminated meat, call your doctor or medical provider to seek treatment.
E. Coli food poisoining is a very serious problem. It can potentially lead to death, so it is crucial to throw out any meat included in the beef recall.