Possible E. Coli Contamination Sparks Massive Ground Beef Recall

Over 167,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled due to concerns over possible E. coli contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Nebraska-based company All American Meats distributed 167,427 pounds of possibly contaminated ground beef. The meat was sold in both 60-pound and 80-pound packages with a sell-by date of Nov. 3. The recalled meats have a USDA inspection stamp marked EST. 204020.

All American Meats says that the affected product was shipped to stores across the country. The USDA recommends checking your fridges and freezers for the meat, which should then be thrown away or returned to the store in which it was purchased.

So far, no one has been sickened with E. coli from consuming the affected meat. The bacteria can cause a range of symptoms, including severe and bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain, which sets in a few days after consumption. In severe cases, the bacteria can cause more severe illnesses like liver failure.

This recall is not related to the E. coli outbreak that has affected many Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. That outbreak has caused the chain to shut down 43 of its stores in Washington and Oregon, and has spawned 22 confirmed cases of E. coli related illness.

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Possible E. Coli Contamination Sparks Massive Ground Beef Recall