The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling 132,606 pounds of ground beef products in connection with an E. coli investigation.
The products subject to the recall bear establishment number "EST. 86R" inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. RIDOH is working to ensure that these products are removed from shelves in Rhode Island.
On Aug. 16, 2018, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses. It was determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses. The epidemiological investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25, 2018.
Illnesses associated with this kind of E. coli can result in diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment. Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, can also occur. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children younger than 5 years old, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising and decreased urine output. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Michael Martin, Cargill Meat Solutions communications director, at (316) 291-2126 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call 1-844-419-1574.