Local meat distributor recalls ground beef, pork over possible E. coli contamination

Ground Beef Recall Interstate Meat Distributors - Courtesy USDA FSIS

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A meat distributor based in Clackamas is recalling nearly 15,000 pounds of ground beef and pork over a possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture said Saturday.

The recall is over meat products from Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., where officials said a sample of beef tested positive for E. coli.

As of Sunday, there have been no reports of illness linked to the recall.

The products, listed below, were sent to stores across Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Each is marked with establishment number “965” inside the USDA inspection mark.

  • 2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF” containing package code 04118 and with 96% lean and 4% fat on the label.
  • 2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “ALL NATURAL GROUND BEEF CHUCK” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
  • 2.25-lb. wrapped packages of fresh “GROUND BEEF AND PORK BLEND” containing package code 04118 and with 80% lean and 20% fat on the label.
  • 2.50-lb. bag containing 10 quarter pound frozen “BROTHERS CHOICE 85% LEAN ANGUS GROUND BEEF PATTIES” containing package code 04318.

Here is more information on E. coli from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service:

E. coli O157:H7 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. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

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