Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalls nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination

Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef has been recalled due to possible E coli contamination.

Products sold nationwide, including at Walmart

Staff Reports

WASHINGTON D.C., Lakeside Refrigerated Services, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is voluntarily recalling 42,922 pounds of ground beef Saturday due to possible E. coli contamination.

The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Service deemed the situation as a Class 1 Recall with a high health risk where “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

According to a news release from the USDA, the problem was discovered during routine testing and no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products have been confirmed.

The following ground beef items were recalled:

  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF” and 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” and use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020, 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” and use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing four 1/4 lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10.
  • 4-lb. tray packages containing 10 1/4 lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80% LEAN / 20% FAT” and use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45.
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four 1/4 lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and 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” and use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18.

The Marketside brand of ground beef is sold at Walmart. The FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Jon Johnson File Photo: The Marketside Butcher ground beef products are sold at Walmart.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps two to eight days (three to four days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

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