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“Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli 0103 ...”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) announcing the recall on Monday.

Published on

apr 28, 2022

  • E. coli is a large group of different types of bacteria. The CDC shares that although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick.
  • The 0103 strain of E. coli, a shiga toxin-producing (STEC) type of the bacteria, was detected in routine testing of Lakeside Refrigerated Services ground beef products. The specific products believed to be contaminated are carried by multiple brands, including Nature's Reserve, Thomas Farms and Marketside Butcher.
  • The FSIS is concerned that some of these products may have already made it to consumers' refrigerators, and issued the following warning: "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." FSIS reports that it usually takes an average of about 3-4 days for a person to become ill after consuming a product that has been contaminated with this E. coli strain.
  • What's the treatment? FSIS says: "Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended."

Big Picture: "There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," FSIS reported. Symptoms of infection from the 0103 strain of E. coli include severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Most infections are mild and resolve within a week, but some infections can become more severe and potentially life-threatening — especially in children under the age of five, older adults and those with weakened immune systems.

Lakeside Refrigerated Services Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli 0103 Contamination (U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Over 120,000 lbs of ground beef products recalled due to E. coli contamination fears (CNN)

Click HERE to read a Q&A from the CDC on E. coli

Click HERE for a listing of ground beef products that have been recalled

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