Have no problems with this retreat. At the very least, don’t eat any of the ground beef that Lakeside Refrigerated Services is now recalling. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), this recall should consist of approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products. That’s enough meat to make about 480,000 quarter pounds, 960,000 small tacos, or a ridiculously large taco, depending on how much lettuce you use. The reason? Potential contamination with a nasty bacteria called E. coli O103 that was detected during routine FSIS testing.
Here is a tweet from the USDA FSIS:
So check your meat. See if any of the ground beef products in your freezer, your refrigerator, your meat truck, or anywhere else you store your meat are on the list provided by the USDA FSIS announcement. As you can see, this list includes beef brands like Thomas Farms, Nature’s Reserve, Marketside Butcher, Tajima, SEG, and Weis that have been sold at Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, Winn-Dixie, and other similar stores. Look for the establishment number “EST. 46841” within the USDA production and inspection mark from February 1, 2022 through April 8, 2022.
E. coli O103 is not once one of those kind and friendly Escherichia coli bacteria It is a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), which means that it can produce Shiga toxin. If a chef ever asked you, “Would you like some Shiga toxin with that?”, just say no, back off and come up with an excuse to leave the restaurant. This powerful type of toxin can do a real number or numbers in your body. You will typically develop symptoms two to eight days after ingesting a STEC, as I covered Forbes in April 2019. Common symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, often bloody diarrhea. And in this case, “bloody” is not a British expletive. Your loose poop may have real blood in it. Although you are likely to recover within a week, in rare cases it can progress to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure. Your chances of HUS are increased if you are a child under the age of five (as opposed to an adult who behaves as if under five), an older adult (as if over 65), or if you have an immune system. . If you begin to turn pale, bruise easily, and produce less urine than normal, contact your doctor immediately, as these may be signs of HUS.
At this time, this ground beef recall is a precautionary measure and is not due to any reported illness. And it’s not clear what percentage of the more than 120,000 beefs was actually contaminated. However, find E. coli O103 in any part of the production process would be grounds for recalling the beef.