Today, Fairbank Farms in Ashville, NY, announced it is recalling over half a million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered this problem when they were investigating some E. coli illnesses in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
The meat was sold in at least seven retail stores in northeast and mid-Atlantic states:
- Price Chopper
- Trader Joe’s
- Giant Food Stores
- Ford Brothers
What is E. coli?
The full name is Escherichia coli and it is a bacterium usually found in the intestines of warm-blooded creatures. There are various strains of it, with some just being part of the gut’s standard flora, providing benefits such as production of Vitamin K. But some are harmful, causing food poisoning, and can exist outside of intestines.
E. coli is anaerobic and rod-shaped with long, thin tails (flagella) that rotate to propel them along. In the digestive system they can cause dehydration, bloody stool and kidney failure.
The recalled meat is 23 days past its expiration date as of today. It was produced between September 14 and September 16. If you have any in your freezer, you can return it to the store for a full refund.
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