ILLINOIS (AP) — A nationwide recall has been issued for about 132,606 pounds of ground beef products because of the possibility of E. coli contamination.
The beef products are being recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions, which produced and packaged the items on June 21, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.
Federal officials are concerned some products may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.
An investigation by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service identified 17 related illnesses and one death, with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25.
Consumers who have bought the products are urged to either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for refunds.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
E. coli can make people ill from two to eight days after exposure to the organism.
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting but recover within a week.
Rarely, some people develop a more severe infection. Kidney failure can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.