A Los Angeles based company, Commercial Meat Co., is recalling around 380,000 pounds of ground beef products due to possible contamination with E. coli. The beef that is being recalled was processed between September 7, 2011 and October 7, 2011. Beef products with the number “EST.4873” in the USDA inspection mark will be recalled.
The ground beef meat being recalled was tranported in the forms of beef patties, taco meat and chili, and bulk ground beef to restaurants in California and Nevada.
USDA is advising consumers to only eat ground beef products that have been cooked at least 160 degrees F, be sure to use a food thermometer to check. This is the only way to possibly kill any bacteria that the meat could have.
No illnesses has been reported so far, but E. coli is deadly to young children and seniors or people with a weak immune system. E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure.
To find out more about this ground beef recall visit the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website.