FSIS Issues Public Health Warning for Ground Beef Products Due to Potential E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

Washington August 18, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health warning due to concerns that certain ground beef products may be contaminated. E. coli O157:H7. A return was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

“Hawaii Big Island Beef” brand ground beef products were produced on August 8, 2022. The following products are subject to a public health alert [view labels]:

  • 1-lb. Vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 1#/pkg” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “134R1”.
  • 1-lb. Vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (Ln) Fine 1#/pkg” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” label and case code “135R1”.
  • 2-lb. Vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 2#/pkg” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” label and case code “134R2”.
  • 10-lb. Bags containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Poly Bag” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on label and case code “0134P10”.
  • 10-lb. Vacuum sealed packages with “Ground Beef (75) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” label and case code “130R10”.
  • 10-lb. Vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” label and case code “134R10”.
  • 40-lb. Box containing four 10-lb chubs of “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10#” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “0134”.

Products bear the establishment number “EST. 1063” within the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail and restaurant locations in Hawaii.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during an evaluation of the establishment’s production records related to a sample that tested positive. E. coli O157:H7.

There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Anyone concerned about the disease should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain 2-8 days (average 3-4 days) after exposure to the organism. Although most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur in people of any age but is more common in children under 5 and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, paleness, and low urine output. People experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are advised not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS advises all consumers to prepare their raw meat products safely, including fresh and frozen, and to consume only ground beef cooked to a temperature of 160 F. This is the only way to confirm that the ground beef has been cooked to a high enough temperature to kill. Harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the public health alert may contact Matt Fornoff, General Manager of Hawaii Beef Producers, LLC at (808) 776-1109.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live through Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send questions by email to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online electronic consumer complaint monitoring system can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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