[Consumer Alert] Walmart Recalls Popular Meat Item

You’ll want to inspect your refrigerator or freezer if you’ve purchased ground beef in the last few months.

On April 25, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the Lakeside Refrigerated Services had recalled 120,872 lbs of ground beef products due to worries about E. coli O103 contamination. The beef was marketed by Walmart, as well as under labels such as Whole Foods Market, Target, Winn-Dixie, and others.

Ground beef produced between February 1 and April 8 with an establishment number “EST. 46841” that is found inside the USDA mark of inspection is included in this recall. This includes names such as Nature’s Reserve, Marketside Butcher, Weis, Tajima, Thomas Farms, and SEG.

The ground beef was sold to retailers worldwide, which included over 1,350 Walmart stores across 17 states, and Washington D.C..

Although no illnesses or negative reactions have been reported, the FSIS urges consumers not to eat these foods and instead dispose of or return them to their place of purchase. While E. coli infection symptoms vary, they are usually vomiting and diarrhea. The majority of people recover within a week, although some conditions can endure for much longer and be more severe.

You may also contact Lakeside Refrigerated Services at 800-493-9042 or [email protected] if you have any additional concerns about the recall.

Walmart has recently recalled another product. Turkey Hill Chocolate Marshmallow Premium Ice Cream was removed from Walmart stores last week because the product might contain peanuts that have not been declared. In addition, because of fears of Salmonella contamination, Walmart recalled organic zucchini also.

Also, stay aware of cross contamination by keeping your hands clean and avoiding using any dishes or utensils or especially cutting boards that touched this meat. And don’t forget to wash areas like door knobs or fridge handles where you may have touched.

And always remember when cooking raw meat, keep in mind that chicken poses one of the largest risks of food poisoning since it can have Salmonella. So always keep this meat in your refrigerator until you are ready to cook it. When cooking, be sure the internal temperature goes to 165 degrees Fahrenheit as shown by a good quality food thermometer.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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