A recall has been issued by Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. for 28,356 pounds of ground beef products over concerns of E. coli contamination.

The affected meat products were shipped to a variety of retail stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The recalled ground beef was produced on Dec. 20, 2021, and has an establishment number of EST. 965 in the USDA mark of inspection near the time stamp and use or freeze-by date.

A full list of products recalled and labels of the recalled meat can be viewed here.

Consumers are urged to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled ground beef products. They should not be consumed. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Sales Manager Mike Sinner and Quality Assurance Manager Rodolfo Mendoza at Interstate Meat at 503-656-6168.

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the E. coli contamination after a package of the ground beef was purchased and submitted to a third-party lab for microbiological analysis. The sample tested positive for E. coli, prompting the FSIS to conduct further testing.

E. coli infections can cause symptoms of dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, which typically occur two to eight days after exposure to the organism. Most people recover within a week, but some can develop kidney failure, which is identifiable by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output.

Anyone who has E. coli infection symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Raw ground beef should be cooked to a temperature of 160° to kill harmful bacteria.

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