Public Health Alert Issued Over Ground Beef That May Be Contaminated With E. Coli

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert Saturday for ground beef products produced in March and shipped to food service institutions and retailers nationwide that may be contaminated with E. coli.

The raw ground beef items were produced March 28, 2024, have a packaging date of “032824” and have a Use/Freeze by date of April 22, 2024.

There is no recall for these items because they are no longer available for purchase, the FSIS says. Anyone who has previously purchased the products should not conserve or serve them, and they should be thrown away or return to their place of purchase.

The problem was discovered by Greater Omaha Packing Co. while conducting an inventory of product that was on hold because it was positive for E. coli, according to the FSIS, which was notified that the company had “inadvertently used a portion of the contaminated beef to produce ground beef products that they subsequently shipped into commerce.”

The products’ labels under the health alert can be found on the FSIS’ website.

There have not been any confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of these products, and anyone concerned about an illness is recommended to contact their healthcare provider.

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