What is the basis for the recall? Who is involved?
Cargill Meat Solutions, a meat packer based out of Fort Morgan Colorado announced yesterday it is recalling over 132,000 pounds (about 66.3 tons) of ground beef due to it being contaminated with E. Coli bacterium. The ground beef has already been linked to the death of one individual and has sickened 17 others.The beef was dated and packaged on June 21st, 2018. The beef was then sold in various grocery stores and supermarkets in and outside Colorado.The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) division announced the recall this past Wednesday. According to an article by the Denver Post, Cargill released a statement in regards to the recall stating ” ‘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.’ “
What is E. Coli?
E. Coli is a type of bacteria that is typically found in the intestines of humans and species of animals. While normally the bacteria doesn’t cause any harm, certain strains have been known to cause food poisoning when under cooked or raw foods (such as ground beef) are consumed. These symptoms include (but are not limited to):