62,000 pounds of beef recalled over E. coli concerns days before Memorial Day weekend – just a week after a top hot dog brand recalled its frankfurters
- The recall, issues by US health officials on Wednesday, involves short ribs, brisket, ribeyes, and more
- It comes days after a top hot dog vendor recalled 2,000 pounds of frankfurters after finding bits of metal in them
Days before Memorial Day weekend, the start of barbecue season, 62,000 pounds of raw beef have been recalled over E. coli contamination.
The recall, issued by US health officials on Wednesday, involves short ribs, brisket, ribeyes, and more.
It comes days after a top hot dog vendor recalled 2,000 pounds of frankfurters after finding bits of metal in them.
Although the latest recall, packaged by Aurora Packing Company in Illinois, had an April 19 expiration date, officials warn many buy their meat ahead of time and freeze it for big occasions.
Memorial Day weekend is unofficially regarded as the beginning of the barbecue season
E. coli can cause uncomfortable symptoms, which come on within 24 hours.
These may include:
- Diarrhea, which may contain blood or mucus
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of energy
- Aching muscles
Most people do not require treatment and get better within a few days.
They should ensure they rest and drink lots of fluids to combat dehydration.
They should contact their doctor if their symptoms become severe or do not improve after several days.
Doctors should be made aware if the elderly, pregnant women, children, or those with an underlying health condition or weakened immune system are affected.
Food may become contaminated if it is:
- Not cooked thoroughly
- Left for too long at room temperature
- Not sufficiently reheated
- Eaten passed its ‘use by’ date
- Touched with contaminated hands
- Not stored below 5C
For those grilling up in the coming days, experts urge that you look up the brand you’ve bought or plan to buy to check for any concerns, and may sure you cook your food well.