In a press release, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a warning Tuesday concerning the recall of more than 180 tons of ground beef from Commercial Meat Co. due to the possible contamination of E. Coli bacterium.
The affected ground beef was produced between September 7 and October 6 of this year and was distributed throughout the western United States, though mainly in California and Nevada. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the routine monitoring of products from the company discovered the presence of E. Coli bacteria in multiple bulk packages of ground beef, including those used for patties, taco meat and beef chili products.
To date, neither the FSIS nor the company has received any reports of illness stemming from the affected beef. However, the FSIS warns that the E. Coli bacteria can result in illness, with symptoms including bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in rare, severe instances, kidney failure. This illness can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and other with weakened immune systems.
As a Tacoma personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and understand the severity of the illnesses they can cause. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a contaminated food product, consult a local personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights as a consumer.