The United States Depart of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Creekstone Farms Premium Beef of Arkansas City, Kan, has issued a recall for approximately 14, 158 pounds of ground beef because of possible e-coli O157:H7 contamination. The meat was sold is large packages and was likely repackaged and sold under different brand news.
At this time, there has been no reports of associated illness.
According to the Seattle PI.com, the beef was produced on February 22 and was shipped to Western states including Washington.
E-coli O157:H7 is a bacterium which causes foodborne illness in humans that consume it . This is the most virulent form of e-coli and can cause serious illness among the old, the young and people with compromised immune system. This form of the bacterium has been known to cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) which can cause a permanent and sometimes deadly kidney disease.
Consumers should always adhere to safe ground beef preparation techniques which include:
- Washing hands with warm and soapy water.
- Washing knives, dishes and cutting boards that come in contact with the beef.
- Keep raw meat and fish and poultry from other foods.
- Cook ground beef to at least an internal temperature of 160° F.
- Refrigerate raw meat within two hours after purchase or within one hour if the temperature is
FDA testing for more E.coli strains
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