Ground Beef Sold at Walmart, Other Retailers, Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

Trisha Calvo

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Lakeside Refrigerated Services has recalled nearly 43,000 pounds of mostly grass-fed ground beef due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late Saturday. The beef, sold under the Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms brands, was shipped to Walmart and other retailers nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported yet.

E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria produces a toxin, making infections potentially dangerous. In addition to the typical vomiting and diarrhea associated with food poisoning, this type of bacteria has the potential to cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition affecting the blood vessels that can lead to kidney failure and death.

All of the meat that's been recalled was produced on June 1 and has the establishment number EST. 46841 in the USDA mark of inspection. The bacteria was detected during a routine USDA inspection. 

The meat has use or freeze by dates of 6/25/20, 6/27/20, or 7/01/20, depending on the brand and package size (see The Details, below) If you have any of this meat in your refrigerator or freezer, do not eat it. Throw it away.

Ground beef is, in general, more susceptible to bacterial contamination because of the way it is produced. A package of ground beef often contains meat from many different cows. That means if the meat from one cow is contaminated, the bacteria can get mixed into a lot of batches of ground beef. And compared with steaks, where any bacteria present is only on the surface of the meat, any bacteria in ground beef is distributed throughout.

That’s why it’s important to handle all ground beef you buy with care: Always cook it to a safe internal temperature of 160° F—which is well done—and be sure not to let cooked ground beef touch any utensils that were used to handle it when it was raw. 

The Details

Products recalled: Grass-fed ground beef, organic and conventional, sold under the Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms brands, and one lot of Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef, as follows:

The problem: The meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The fix: Check packages for the information above before purchasing meat from these brands and do not buy it. If you have any of this meat in your refrigerator or freezer, do not eat it. Throw it away. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Call the Lakeside Processing Center Call Center at (856) 832-3881.



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  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef, a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82.

  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-fed Ground Beef Patties, a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P-53934-28.

  • 3-lb. vacuum packages containing three 1 lb. pieces of Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-fed Ground Beef 93% Lean/7% fat, a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% lean/15% fat, a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10.

  • 4-lb. tray packages containing 10 ¼ lb. pieces of Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 80% lean/20% fat, a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45.

  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of Thomas Farms Grass-fed Ground Beef Patties 85% lean/15% fat, a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P53935-25.

  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% lean/24% fat, a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18.

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