The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced a recall of 3,170 pounds of fresh ground beef patties and other bulk packages of ground beef products that are feared contaminated with E. coli.
The affected meat was produced by American Food Service, of Pico Rivera, California. The beef was distributed to restaurants throughout southern California, though none of the eateries has been identified.
Inspectors discovered the problem after they were contacted by another federally regulated establishment that reported receiving what they believed to be a “suspect product."
The products subject to the recall bear the establishment number "Est. 1913" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Affected items, all sold in bulk, include 30-pound cases of American Companies 100-percent pure ground beef; 60-pound cases of American Companies ground beef bulk, (80 percent lean taco grind); and 30-pound case of American Companies 100 percent pure ground beef for chili (coarse grind), among others. The products were produced on January 31.
Consumers are advised to inquire about the origins of ground beef products before ordering restaurants foods prepared with ground beef, particularly in southern California.
E. coli is a potentially deadly pathogen that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.