The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recently announced that Schrader Farms Meat Market has issued a recall for as much as 20 pounds of its ground beef products due to a possible contamination involving non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). The said recall is classified as a Class 1 recall by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This means that the affected products pose a serious health hazard and can, therefore, lead to grave health consequences if consumed. Moreover, consumption of the affected product can also lead to death.
Schrader’s affected ground beef products include those produced last September 2. These are 1-lb packages of Schrader Farms Meat Market Ground Beef as well as Schrader Farms Meat market Ground Beef, Bulk. Moreover, the affected products also have the establishment number “Est. 44950” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The contamination was said to have been discovered during the course of a routine establishment testing. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Schrader Farms had also failed to follow FSIS’s “Control of Agency Tested Products for Adulterants.” Moreover, this means that the contaminated beef products were also release “prematurely” into the market.
People can fall sick with STEC between two to eight days after consuming a contaminated product. Meanwhile, people who are infected with non-STEC E.coli often experience diarrhea (usually bloody) and vomiting. An aggressive treatment of rehydration and supportive care is the usual treatment prescribed.
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The FSIS advises all consumers to ensure that they only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. This temperature is high enough to kill harmful bacteria in ground beef.