Costco in Coon Rapids, Minn. is recalling an undetermined amount of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Wednesday the product under recall is 383 units of 88 percent lean fresh ground beef (88/12). It bears the Costco item number 33724 under the Costco label.
The product was sold directly to 342 consumers in Costco at 12547 Riverdale Blvd., Coon Rapids, Minn., between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7.
One patient has been identified in Minnesota with an estimated illness onset date of Sept. 29, 2013. The product was prepared from bull meat and finely ground beef from the Costco Wholesale plant in Tracy, Calif., and bench trim prepared at the Costco Wholesale in Coon Rapids, Minn. The steaks or roasts that were the source of the bench trim may have originated from as many as 16 federally inspected establishments.
Costco customers should check their freezers to ensure the product is thrown away. FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F.
FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Department of Health on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
E. COLI FACTS, SYMPTOMS
About 2-8 days after exposure, symptoms include:
While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Anyone can develop the condition but it is most common in children under 5 and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.