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RECALL: 167,427 pounds of ground beef for E.coli

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UPDATE: All American Meats Inc., an Omaha Nebraska. establishment is recalling approximately 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. Coli. 

American Meats Inc. issued the recall after samples of the meat tested positive for the bacteria. The contaminated ground beef products subject to recall are identified by the establishment number " Est. 20420 " inside the USDA mark of inspection and a sell-by date of Nov. 3. The meat was sold in bulk to retailers nationwide, health officials say it could have been sold at a local store.

The tainted beef items were produced on Oct. 16, 2015. The following products may be subject to recall:  

  • 80-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of " Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100
  • 80-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100
  • 60-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15 %Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and a case code 68560
  • 60-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19 % Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and a case code 68160
  • 60-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19 % Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and a case code 63130
  • 80-Ib (approximate weight) boxes of " Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19 %Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and a case code 63100

No illnesses have been linked to the beef just yet. Health experts say these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, officials say cooking out the bacteria is just too risky. 

"We recommend that you disregard the meat or return it to the establishment," said Stephen Lowe Wilkins, Hamilton County Health Department. 

According to the Hamilton County Health Department, E-coli bacteria lives in the intestines of people and animals. The bacteria is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. Symptoms include fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. It can be life threatening, especially for children under the age of 5 and older adults who are at a greater risk of kidney failure.

"I always look at the color of the meat to make sure it's fresh looking not dark or tinted," said Lisa Clark, Buehler's Market. "Makes sure it's real pretty and red."

Lisa Clark knows all too well just how serious a case of food poisoning can be.

"It's not fun, it's not fun at all.... I ended up in the hospital for 3 days. It's just throwing up, diarrhea, you're dehydrated and you're cramping... it's just awful. You think having a baby is bad but that's worse," said Clark.

Clark says the meat shelves where she works at Buehler's Market are in the clear, distributors have confirmed none of the contaminated meat was shipped there. Experts suggest checking with your local restaurant or grocery store to be sure before shopping. 

"I would check with your meat market manager and if they can't help you, go to the store manager and if they can't help you ...ask for their district manager or corporate office," said Clark. 

All beef should be cooked to 160 degrees. If you're eating in a restaurant, it's smart to request that temperature. You should never treat E.coli illness with anti-biotic, its could make your symptoms worse. If you think you have been poisoned, seek medical help immediately. 

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READ MORE | CDC E.coli information


A meat company based in Nebraska is recalling 167,427 pounds of ground beef that might be tainted with E. coli bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sunday that All American Meats Inc. is recalling the meat that was sold to retailers nationwide.

No illnesses have been linked to the beef.

READ MORE | CDC E.coli information

The recalled meat was produced on Oct. 16, and it was sold in either 60-pound or 80-pound packages.

All the meat that is being recalled had a sell-by date of Nov. 3 and establishment number 20420 in the USDA inspection stamp. 

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