Just recently we published an article about food poisoning and the harmful- sometimes fatal bacteria in food that causes it. Such is the case now when over 132,600 pounds of ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions has been recalled because of an outbreak of E.coli. The recall was issued by the US Department of Agriculture.
As of now eighteen people have become ill from the E.coli in their beef. Sadly, one of those affected, died.
People in the states of Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Colorado started getting sick in July. The USDA inspection mark on the package says “EST. 86R” inside. It is important to note because the products were nationally distributed.
The US Center For Disease Control and Prevention stated that within three days of consuming food with this bacteria people get sick but sometimes symptoms can start anywhere up to ten days later.
Due to the bacteria they have ingested they can experience diarrhea, fever, vomiting, blood in stool and in some cases it can lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure occurs in approximately 5-10% of people who have become ill from E.coli.
Again in August there was another recall for meat that was distributed from the same company to the store, Publix.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” said the recall announcement.
USDA urged consumers to utilize a meat thermometer to make sure that meat has an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Bacteria is said to be killed at that temperature but with a chance of such illness or mortality- it’s not ideal many should chance it.
According to the World Health Organization E. coli is transmitted to humans primarily through consumption of contaminated foods, such as raw or undercooked ground meat products and raw milk. Faecal contamination of water and other foods, as well as cross-contamination during food preparation (with beef and other meat products, contaminated surfaces and kitchen utensils), will also lead to infection. Examples of foods implicated in outbreaks of E. coli include undercooked hamburgers, dried cured salami, unpasteurized fresh-pressed apple cider, yogurt, and cheese made from raw milk.
In order to prevent E.coli it must follow a chain of action to properly being handled in agricultural production and on the farm processing to how manufacturers tend to it and the preparation of it in supermarkets, restaurants and even at home.
It is urgent that if you are feeling ill with symptoms that are the same or similar to that which was mentioned above- seek medical treatment immediately. Do not ignore these symptoms. The best way to see what type of treatment is available is to seek the advice of a medical professional. It is not worth chancing such symptoms and ignoring what is occurring by trying to treat it on your own.