FSIS issues public health alert for ground beef products that tested positive for E. Coli O157:H7

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2022 – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health warning for beef sold at La Michoacana Meat Market, in Greenville, Tex. be sold, after a sample of the product has tested positive for the presence of Escherichia coli (E coli) O157:H7. A recall has not been requested because there is no product currently available to sell to consumers; however, the minced meat product may remain in consumers’ homes and may cause illness if eaten.

The raw ground beef was ground in the shop on 28 November 2022. The product is packaged in different weights behind the meat counter for consumers. The following product is subject to the public health warning [view labels]:

  • Different weights of ground beef packed in butcher paper, containing “CARNE MOLIDA REGULAR/GROUND BEEF” with “Packed On” dates ranging from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. 2022, and “Sold By Dec. 1, 2022” on the label.

These items were sold only in La Michoacana Meat Market retail store, located at 5106 Wesley St., Greenville, Texas, 75402. The last date the product was available for sale was December 1, 2022.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS product testing when a sample confirmed positive for the presence of E coli O157:H7. There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions resulting from the use of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

E coli O157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age, but is most common in children under 5 years of age and older adults. It is characterized by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are requested not to consume them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to eat only ground meat cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to confirm that raw beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Media and consumers with questions about the public health warning can contact Jacqueline Ramos, director of legal affairs, La Michoacana Meat Market, at 713-547-4621.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or email a question to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the online electronic consumer complaint monitoring system can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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