(MENAFN) Elkhorn Valley Packing, a Kansas-based meat packer, is recalling 1.7 tons of ground beef after a sample tested positive for E. coli, according to a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released on Friday. The recall affects more than 3,400 pounds of boneless beef chuck that was packaged on February 16 and shipped to retail and wholesale locations, as well as hotels, restaurants, distributors, and federal establishments.
USDA officials have warned consumers not to eat the recalled meat and to either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. E. coli is a bacteria that may cause foodborne illnesses in both children and adults. The recalled products tested positive for an E. coli strain called STEC O103, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The USDA has provided a list of the affected package serial numbers on its website. As of now, no consumers have reported illnesses linked to the recalled meat, according to the agency.
Food recalls are a common occurrence, and the USDA has a responsibility to ensure that the food supply remains safe for consumption. While the agency works to prevent foodborne illnesses, the presence of harmful bacteria like E. coli can still occur. In this case, the recall serves as a precautionary measure to prevent potential illness and to ensure that any affected products are removed from the market.
Consumers can protect themselves from potential foodborne illnesses by thoroughly cooking meat products and by following proper food safety procedures when preparing and handling food. It is also important for consumers to stay informed about food recalls and to take appropriate action if they have purchased a recalled product. As the food industry continues to evolve, it is critical for both producers and consumers to prioritize food safety and to work together to prevent foodborne illnesses.
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