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Recall alert! Check your fridge for meat recalled due to E. coli concerns

Getting food has been hard enough during the past few months thanks to shortages and closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, a familiar item on your local store’s shelf will be missing for another reason altogether: A Class 1 food recall for beef contaminated with E.coli.

At Komando.com, we try to keep our readers aware of recalls and product announcements that can impact your life. With threats to our health like COVID-19 still floating around the country, we’d rather not take any chances of anyone else getting more ill. Tap or click here to read more about the last national E.coli recall.

Here’s what you need to know about the critical beef recall underway right now, and what you need to check for on the meat you have at home. If anything in your fridge is part of this bad batch, you need to throw it away immediately.

USDA announces national recall for ground beef products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sounding the alarm on a recently discovered E.coli contamination in over 42,922 pounds of ground beef products made by Lakeside Refrigerated Services.

This recall is ranked as Class 1, which the USDA defines as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” And as anyone who’s ever gotten an E.coli infection can tell you, ingesting contaminated meat is no laughing matter.

To put the size of this recall into perspective, a single cow produces around 490 pounds worth of meat. This makes the amount of recalled product the equivalent of about 88 entire cows. That’s nearly a herd of infected animals!

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Needless to say, if you have any ground beef products in your home refrigerator or freezer, now’s the time to inspect it to see if it’s part of the infected batch.

Which products were affected by the recall?

The contaminated batch of ground beef products was produced on June 1, 2020, and sold under the Marketside, Thomas Farms and Value Pack brand names. These items are presently sold at Walmart and other major retail chains and consist of seven primary products.

If you have the following items in your home, dispose of them as soon as possible. You may also want to consider disinfecting your refrigerator or freezer for peace of mind. Tap or click here to see the best disinfectants you can buy today.

  • 1 lb. vacuum packs labeled Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef.
    Use-or-freeze-by date July 1, 2020
    Lot code P-53298-82.
  • 1 lb. vacuum packs containing four ¼ lb. patties labeled Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties
    Use-or-freeze-by date of June 27, 2020
    Lot code P-53934-28.
  • 3 lb. vacuum packs containing three 1 lb. pieces labeled Marketside Butcher Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef 93% Lean/7% Fat
    Use-or-freeze-by date of July 1, 2020
    Lot code P53929-70.
  • 1 lb. tray packs containing four ¼ lb. patties labeled Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean/15% Fat
    Use-or-freeze-by date of June 25, 2020
    Lot code P53944-10.
  • 4 lb. tray packs containing ¼ lb. patties labeled Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 80% Lean/20% Fat
    Use-or-freeze-by date of June 25, 2020
    Lot code P53937-45.
  • 1 lb. vacuum packs containing four ¼ lb. patties labeled Thomas Farms Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties 85% Lean/15% Fat
    Use-or-freeze-by date of June 27, 2020
    Lot code P53935-25.
  • 1 lb. vacuum packs labeled Value Pack Fresh Ground Beef 76% Lean/24% Fat
    Use-or-freeze-by date of July 1, 2020
    Lot code P53930-18.

According to the USDA, all affected products feature an “establishment number” of EST. 46841. This can be found on the product labels where the bar code is located. Tap or click here to see a sample label courtesy of the USDA.

Hopefully, you don’t have any contaminated meat in your fridge, but if you do, it never hurts to improvise a bit for your meals with the other stuff you have in your pantry. Tap or click here to explore easy recipes that anyone can make at home.

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