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American Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

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American Foods Group recalled 96,000 pounds of ground beef on Saturday, November 24 after two people became ill after eating the product. The consumers may have become ill due to E. coli in the ground beef.

The beef products by American Foods Group include coarse and fine ground beef chuck, sirloin and chop beef. They were distributed to retailers and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.

The problem with the meat was discovered while the Illinois Department of Health was investigating the two reported illnesses. The products being recalled were produced on October 10 and were distributed for further processing and repackaging so they won’t have the company’s establishment number on the package.

The recalled products include:
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “65000.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 75/25.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “65800.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND 90/10.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “66000.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 80/20.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “66400.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 75/25.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “19900.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “20100.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND 82/18.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “20600.”
–Bulk weight packages of “CHOP BEEF STEAK, FINE GRIND “86/14.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “30000.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND 92/08.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “30400.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF ROUND, FINE GROUND 87/13.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “30200.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 80/20.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “30700.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND 82/18.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “31400.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 93/07.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “31600.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “31700.”
–Bulk weight packages of “BEEF MODIFIED, FINE GROUND 93/07.” Each shipping label bears a product code of “31900.”

Each shipping label bears the establishment number “Est. 18076″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

E. coli (O157:H7) can cause foodborne illnesses, commonly known as food poisoning. Symptoms often include diarrhea and abdominal cramps and will last from 5 to 10 days. Antibiotics are usually effective in treatment. E. coli can cause some life threatening complications such as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, but this is rare and occurs mostly in children under 5 and the elderly.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.