JBS USA Food Company is recalling about 4,860 pounds of imported boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. According to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the raw, frozen, boneless beef products were imported on or around Nov. 10, 2020 and were distributed for further processing in New York and Pennsylvania.
The Details of the Recall
The problem with these products was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample, which turned out to be positive for the presence of E. coli O157:H7. So far, there have been no reports of any illnesses or hospitalizations due to consumption of these products. FSIS officials say they are concerned that some products might be frozen and in cold storage at the distributor or food processor locations. Distributors and processors who received these products have been urged not to use them.
FSIS is also advising all consumers to prepare their raw meat products safely and only consume whole cuts of beef that have been cooked to a temperature of 145 °F with a three-minute rest time and ground beef to 160 °F. The only way to really confirm that your beef has been cooked to a temperature that is high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature of the meat.
Why E. coli is Dangerous
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure to the organism. While many tend to recover within a week, some develop a condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS, which could lead to kidney failure. This condition could occur across all age groups, but is most common in children under the age of 5 as well as older adults. Some symptoms of HUS include easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. People who experience these symptoms to seek emergency medical care right away.
If you or a loved one has suffered an illness after consuming a contaminated food product, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages and losses. Victims may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, cost of hospitalization, diagnostic tests, ongoing treatment and care, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.