Ground Beef Recall
Two meat producers have recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef products due to E. coli contamination. Carlos Vasquez monitors ground beef as it passes through a machine that makes hamburger patties at a meat packing and distribution facility on June 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Getty Images/Justin Sullivan

Following the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about its investigation into an E. coli outbreak, Grant Park Packing has recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. This is the second meat recall for E. coli contamination this week.

The CDC, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has been conducting an investigation into the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 156 people from 10 different states and hospitalized 20 people. The source of the E. coli contamination has not been identified yet, the CDC said.

The recalled ground beef from Grant Park Packing was produced on Oct. 30, Oct. 31, and Nov. 1. The recall affects 40-pound bulk cardboard boxes of North Star Imports & Sales, LLC 100% Ground Beef Bulk 80% Lean/ 20% Fat that has been marked For Institutional Use Only. It has a lot code of GP.1051.18 and pack dates of 10/30/2018, 10/31/2018, and 11/01/2018.

Labels for the recalled beef can be viewed here.

The recalled ground beef also has an establishment number of EST. 21781 located inside the USDA mark of inspection. The beef was shipped to Minnesota and Kentucky.

E. coli can cause illness that can last from two to eight days. People infected with E. coli may have vomiting or develop diarrhea that is often bloody. Most people recover within one week with some cases turning into a more severe infection, especially in young children, elderly adults, and those with a weakened immune system. Bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output are symptoms of a more serious infection from E. coli.

Anyone that has developed symptoms of E. coli illness should seek medical attention.

FSIS is advising consumers to cook raw meat products to a temperature of 160° F to ensure that all harmful bacteria are killed. A food thermometer should be used.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Darrin Bosell, manager at Grant Park Packing at 312-421-4096.