Food Recall: E. Coli Contaminated Meat
New Orleans injury lawyers at The Lambert Firm note that, earlier this week, a recall was announced for almost 2 million pounds of ground beef that was produced by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit. The recall comes after 11 people in four states reported being ill from the tainted meat.
ABC News reports “the meat may have been sold in stores from the end of March to the start of May.” The concern right now is that most consumers would have kept the potentially tainted meat in their freezers, which does not kill E. coli. E. Coli can only be killed when heated to the appropriate temperature. The FDA provides a chart of appropriate temperatures for cooking meat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that the meat is being removed from grocery store shelves. According to a CNN report, if you have meat with the code EST.2574B and the date produced is between March 31 and April 18 of this year, then you should throw it out or return it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that E. coli is a group of bacteria, and that most strains of this bacteria are harmless. However, there are strains that can cause serious trouble such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. These strains can be particularly dangerous for infants and young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
Food Recall: Hummus Recall due to Listeria Concerns
More food recalls were reported from Lansal, also known as Hot Mama Foods, a food manufacturer based in Massachusetts. Lansal is issuing a voluntary recall for hummus and other dips due to the possibility of listeria contamination.
Target distributes the affected dips and hummus to Trader Joes, Target super markets, and Giant Eagle with the Archer Farms label. The FDA reports the complete list of recalled products.
The L.A. Times states that the dips “were shipped nationally and include 10-ounce and 2-pound containers” of the Archer Farms product.
Lansal is telling consumers who bought the hummus or affected dips to throw it out or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Before your Memorial Day barbecue, be sure to check your food for possible food recalls related to the recent health risks.