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Ground beef recalled nationwide due to possible E. coli contamination

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More than 167,000 pounds of ground beef recalled nationwide — here's what you need to know

The USDA has announced a recall of 167,427 pounds of ground beef products due to a possible E. coli contamination.

All American Meats, Inc., of Omaha, Nebraska, reported that the recalled ground beef items were produced on Oct. 16, 2015. The E. coli was discovered on Oct. 30 during Food Safety and Inspection Service in-commerce surveillance program testing.

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The recalled products were shipped to retailers nationwide and include:

  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100.
  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160.
  • 60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130.
  • 80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.

You can see the labels for the recalled items here. Check for the number "EST. 20420" inside the USDA mark of inspection on product packaging. If your product bears that number, then it is part of the recall.

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So far no illnesses have been reported as a result of ingesting the contaminated beef. However, if you think you may have eaten some of the recalled ground beef and are exhibiting any symptoms of E. coli infection, such as vomiting, stomach cramps or bloody diarrhea, you should see your health care provider ASAP. E. coli infections range from mild to life threatening, with symptoms appearing anywhere from one to four days after becoming infected.

If you have any of the recalled product in your possession, you should throw it away or return it to the place where you purchased it. If you have any questions, you can contact Shawn Buchanan at 402-734-6901.

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