Nearly 37 tons of beef produced by a Texas-based company have been recalled. This came after state inspectors found that a sample tested positive for a rare strain of E. coli. H&B Packing Co. Inc. is recalling about 74,000 pounds of boneless beef products that might be contaminated with E. coli O103. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the issue was uncovered when Texas meat safety regulators told FSIS that a sample of the beef products tested positive for a non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli sample. Many laboratories don’t test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, such as E. coli O103, since it’s harder to detect than the O157 strain, the USDA said in the recall notice. People can become ill from E. coli two to eight days after eating a contaminated food, the USDA said. The USDA said:
Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe.
So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the beef, according to the USDA. While most people recover within a week, in rare cases some may develop a more serious infection, the agency said. According to the recall notice, the beef products were made on March 6 and bear the establishment number “EST. M13054” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to food manufacturers in Texas, the USDA said. The agency is urging consumers to throw away the beef products or return them to where they bought them. “FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in customers’ freezers,” the agency said. The company didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Monday.
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