Over eight tons of ground beef sold at Walmarts being recalled for possible E. coli contamination

A ground beef provider to Walmart is recalling over 16,000 pounds, or eight tons, of ground beef produced and distributed last week nationally, including to stores at Hornell and Olean, due to possible E. coli contamination.

The nationwide recall by Cargill Meat Solutions of Hazleton, Pa., was reported this week in six categories by the company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The meat was produced April 26 and 27 and shipped to Walmart stores nationwide, according to the announcement, with no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products being reported at the time of the recall. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider, the FSIS advises.

It says that “E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps” from two to eight days (three to four days on average), after exposure to the organism.

“While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),” it notes, adding that although “this condition can occur among persons of any age (it) is most common in children under five years old and older adults.

“It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output,” according to the FSIS. “Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.”

The agency says it is “concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers.”

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, and the products be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The full announcement, with descriptions of impacted product, is available at https://tinyurl.com/USDA-Walmart-Ground-Beef, with all stores having received the product at https://tinyurl.com/Walmart-GBeef-Recall-Locations.

Walmart, with its share of the national grocery market reported to be growing and nearing 25 percent, alerts to other food and drug recalls on a frequent basis, with an updating list, including affected stores for each product, at https://tinyurl.com/Walmart-Product-Recalls.