Walmart Stores Pull Over 120,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Due to E. Coli Fears
According to a recall news alert published on bestlifeonline.com, hundreds of Walmart stores throughout the United States are pulling more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef products off its shelves. The ground beef recall was initiated after it was discovered that beef products produced by Lakeside Refrigerated Services "may be contaminated" with E. coli O103. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing of imported products," the agency said in its alert.
The recall was announced on April 25, 2022 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recal states that the affected ground beef products were manufactured between February 1, 2022 until April 8, 2022.
Walmart reported that the retail store locations that were shipped the recalled ground beef products to 17 states:
- North Carolina,
- New Hampshire,
- New York,
- Rhode Island,
- South Carolina,
- West Virginia,
- Washington, D.C., and
- Puerto Rico
The news report states that Walmart has published a list of the stores affected on the its website.
Recalled Lakeside Refrigerated Services ground beef products were also sold at grocers, including as Target, Winn-Dixie, and Whole Foods. The products were sold under the following brand names: Marketside, Thomas Farms, Tajima, and Nature's Reserve. The recalled products have the "establishment number 'EST. 46841' inside the USDA mark of inspection."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned the recalled beef products are in consumers' freezers or refrigerators. Those who have bought these recalled beef products are advised not to consume them, and to instead throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
Currently, there are no confirmed reports of E. coli O103 illness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service. However, consuming E. coli can make you very sick and symptoms may take two to eight days to surface. Most people infected with E. coli O103 suffer symptoms such as bloody diarrhea and heavy vomiting. Medical professionals diagnose E. coli infections by testing a sample of the patient's stool. Most people recover from an E.coli infection in about seven days. However, patients could develop a serious disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS can cause kidney failure and usually occurs in children younger than 5, immunocompromised people, and seniors.
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