- Almost 300,000 pounds of raw meat were ordered recalled.
- The recall of raw meat is because it could be contaminated with bacteria.
- Raw meat products ordered out of establishments are sold throughout the United States.
A new ‘recall’. Almost 300,000 pounds of raw meat from a brand that is sold in stores across the United States was ordered to be recalled because it could be contaminated with bacteria.
Approximately 300,000 pounds of raw meat products are being recalled for fear that they may be contaminated with the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli.), The newspaper Newsweek reported on Friday.
Order recall of various raw meat products
Greater Omaha Packing, a beef supplier and producer based in Omaha, Nebraska, ordered “approximately 295,236 pounds of raw meat products intended for non-intact use that may be contaminated with E. coli,” it announced. the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in a statement Friday.
The wholesaler produces about 150,000 cases of beef and assorted meats that are then sold across the United States each week, Newsweek detailed in its report on the recall of raw meat.
Beef foods are taken off the shelves
The potentially contaminated raw beef products were “intended for non-intact use” and were produced on July 13, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
According to Newsweek, so-called non-intact beef products include beef that has been injected or enhanced with solutions, or mechanically tenderized by lancing devices, cubing, or pounding.
E. coli bacteria found in raw meat
According to beefresearch.org, the main concern involving non-intact beef is the introduction or translocation of surface pathogens, such as E. coli O157: H7, into the deep internal tissues of the final product.
The full list of products and their codes for the beef foods that are subject to the recall can be read on the website of the FSIS, but some of them are Beef Choice Angus Boneless Shank, Beef Choice Angus Chuck Trim, and Beef Round Sirloin Knuckle Peeled.
It was distributed to other processors in the US
Products being recalled from shelves bear the establishment number “EST. 960A ”within the USDA mark of inspection and distributed to other processors in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska, Newsweek detailed.
The newspaper referred to that the problem with raw meat was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample that tested positive for the presence of E. coli O157: H7 bacteria.
The risk of the bacteria found: removal of raw meat was ordered
So far there have been no confirmed reports of people experiencing adverse reactions from consuming these products that are now being taken off the market, Newsweek noted.
E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, the aforementioned journal explained, mentioning some of the symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms caused by the bacteria in people
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that most people begin to experience symptoms three to four days after consuming food infected with the bacteria.
While most 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 it is most common in children under the age of 5 and older adults. It is characterized by bruising, paleness, and decreased urine output. People experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately, the Newsweek report warned.
History in the country
In November 2019, an investigation was launched into outbreaks of E. coli in 16 states that sickened dozens of people in the United States. One outbreak was found to be transmitted by whole heads of romaine lettuce, while the other was restricted to salad kits packaged by Fresh Express.
At the time, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce grown in the region around Salinas, California, or any lettuce whose place of origin is unknown.
‘Recall’ of sunscreens
On the other hand, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) ordered the withdrawal from the market of five sunscreens from the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands in the middle of the month after having detected a carcinogenic element called benzene in some samples, reported the Efe news agency .
In a release cited by the aforementioned information agency and Fox 4 News, Johnson & Johnson announced that it was voluntarily recalling all of these products after “low levels” of benzene were detected in some samples.
They investigate the event
In turn, the company explained that it is investigating how the substance of benzene reached some of its products, since it is not an ingredient that is used for the sunscreens they make.
The five protectors that have been withdrawn from the market, four from Neutrogena and one from Aveeno, were applied through aerosols, the Efe news agency detailed in its report published on Thursday, July 15.
They found a carcinogenic substance
Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid that can cause cancer depending on the level of exposure to which the person is subjected, said the aforementioned news agency in its publication.
Johnson & Johnson stated that, according to their research, exposure to benzene in their creams will not have adverse health consequences, and asserted that the recall of sunscreens was done as a “precaution.” For more details read this note.
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