The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling 22,832 pounds of raw ground beef and beef primal cut products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, Kentucky-based wholesale food distributor delivers produce, gourmet food items and meat, including the meat subject to the recall, to restaurants and food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
The beef products were produced May 31 to June 2 and include the establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection. On June 5, plant management notified USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel of two test results that were positive for E. coli O157:H7. Consumers who purchased any of these products should not consume them, but throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
The particular variation of E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause adverse side effects including dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps from between two and eight days after exposure. Although most people recover within a week, some may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) – a type of kidney failure. Children younger than 5 and older adults are more susceptible to developing HUS and should seek immediate emergency medical care. Indications of HUS include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.
Consumers can help reduce their risk of exposure to E. coli (and other harmful bacteria) by safely preparing food. Safe food preparation includes thoroughly washing hands after handling raw meat and poultry; washing cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water; cleaning spills immediately; and cooking meat, poultry and fish until it reaches a recommended temperature to kill bacteria. View more safe food preparation tips by visiting the USDA online.
U.S. Department of Agriculture