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

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WASHINGTON August 18, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert over concerns that specific ground beef products may be adulterated with E.coli O157:H7. A recall was not requested as 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 the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 1 pound. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 1#/pkg” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “134R1”.
  • 1 pound. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (Ln) Fine 1#/pkg” with “Packaged 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “135R1”.
  • 2 pounds. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 2#/pkg” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “134R2”.
  • 10 pounds. bags containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Poly Bag” with “Packaged 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the tag and case code “0134P10”.
  • 10 pounds. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (75) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “130R10”.
  • 10 pounds. vacuum sealed packages containing “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10# Vac Seal” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the label and case code “134R10”.
  • 40 lbs. box containing four 10lb chub of “Ground Beef (80) Fine 10#” with “Packed 08/08/22” and “Lot 220808” on the tag and case code “0134”.

Products bear the establishment number “EST. 1063” inside the USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped to retail stores and restaurants in Hawaii.

The issue was discovered by FSIS during an evaluation of the facility’s production records associated with a sample that tested positive for E.coli O157:H7.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects due to the consumption of these products.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. E.coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 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). This condition can occur in people of any age, but is more common in children under 5 and older adults. It is characterized by easy bruising, paleness and decreased urine output. People with these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately.

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

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to confirm that the ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough 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 questions about food safety can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll-free at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask USDA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety posts on Ask USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic online consumer complaint monitoring system is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint. fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.