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Ranchers Legacy Meat Company is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to an alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Officials say the products included in the recall are packaged in plastic sealed packets and were produced on November 19, 2014.
These products were shipped nationwide to retailers. USDA officials discovered the contamination during a routine inspection.
So far, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with these products.
Coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure to the organism.
While a number of people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This can occur in all age groups, but is most common in children under 5 and older adults.
Symptoms of HUS include easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output.
Each year, about 48 million Americans, roughly one in six people in the United States, suffer from food-borne illnesses such as norovirus, E. coli, salmonella and listeria, to mention a few.
Eating or drinking a contaminated food or beverage can cause a foodborne illness. A foodborne disease outbreak occurs when two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink.
Preventing E. coli Infections
There are several steps you can take to prevent E. coli infections:
- Cook meats thoroughly. Ground beef and meat that has been needle-tenderized should be cooked to a temperature of at least 160°F (70?C). Use a thermometer to verify the temperature. The color of the meat is not a reliable indicator of how thoroughly it has been cooked.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food.
- Practice proper hygiene, especially good hand washing.
- Prevent cross-contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
If you have suffered food poisoning, please isolate the food that made you sick so that it can be tested for pathogens. Get medical attention immediately and report your illness to a local health care agency.
Contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases to better understand your legal rights and options.