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Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Recall Due To E. Coli Concerns

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Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) announced.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The USDA says that the products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef.  The FSIS went on to say that all products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall.

Individual products subject to recall are listed below:

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20

  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20

  • Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20
  • OTG Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket RD Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Oval Beef Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy WD Chuck Blend Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20

  • Ranchers Legacy NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Blend
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Bulk Pack NAT Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend NAT Beef Patties

All of the recalled ground beef products have a Package Code (use by) 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Products were shipped to distributors for nationwide sale.

According to the USDA, the product was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine inspection, and products testing positive on November 21, 2014 were held at the establishment.  The recalled products were produced on the same day and equipment as the positive product. 

The USDA says that E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the bacteria.

The pathogen can also cause some people to develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) although most people exposed to it tend to recover within one week.

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can affect anyone, but children under age five and the elderly are most vulnerable.  HUS symptoms include:

  • easy bruising
  • pallor
  • decreased urine output

The USDA says that people who experience these aforementioned symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

The FSIS and Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. are concerned that some of the recalled ground beef may be frozen and stored in consumers' freezers.

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

The FSIS suggests that all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen meats, and only eat ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 ° Fahrenheit, and to use an internal thermometer to insure the meat has been thoroughly cooked.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should call Jeremy Turnquist, Vice President of Operations for Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. at (651) 366-6575.

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Article Reference

FSIS Press Release -- http://tinyurl.com/lojaa99

 

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