8,500 pounds of ground beef are being recalled for potential E. coli contamination, according to the USDA.
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. is recalling the meat after several people in Maine and New York acquired a strain of E. coli believed to be from the beef. So far no one has required hospitalization, according to spokesman for Cargill Mike Martin.
It is believed that the meat was sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. This particular beef was shipped on June 11 and had been repackaged and sold under other names. There has been no identification of the brand names at this time.
The meat that has been recalled will have USDA establishment number EST. 9400 and a product code of W69032. The use/freeze by date will be July 1.
According to the USDA the problem was first noticed on August 5 and it has been able to link the ground beef to a cluster of illnesses in the states of Maine and New York.
The strain of E. coli being found is 026, which is likely to produce bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.
It has been recommended that consumers immediately discard any beef that is from this recall. The recall has been listed as a Class 1, which means there is a reasonable probability that the use of the meat will cause serious health consequences.
Anyone with any questions about the recall can contact the Cargill consumer line at (877) 788-4953.