Illinois-based Aurora Packing Company is recalling 62,112 pounds of raw beef products just ahead of Memorial Day weekend over fears the meat may be contaminated with E. coli.
The products subject to recall were packaged on April 19 and bear the establishment number “EST. 788" inside the USDA mark of inspection, the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.
The potentially tainted items, which included over 40 different kinds of meat such as steak, ribs and brisket, were shipped nationwide for further distribution and processing. (To view a full list of product labels, click here.)
FSIS is urging consumers to be extra cautious when preparing their raw meat products — both fresh and frozen — and only consume beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.
Common symptoms of an E. coli infection typically appear within three to four days of exposure to the bacteria and may include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, vomiting and, occasionally, a low-grade fever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though most people recover without treatment within five to seven days, more serious cases can be life-threatening and may require hospitalization.
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