FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Beef Due to Possible E. Coli O103 Contamination

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that a specific ground beef product may be contaminated with E. coli O103. No recall requested as the products are no longer available for purchase.

The raw ground beef was produced on October 4, 2022. The following product is subject to public health warning labels:

  • 1 lb plastic vacuum packs containing “FRANK’S BUTCHER SHOP GROUND BEEF” with “PACKED ON” dates of 10-07-2022 and 10-09-2022 on the label.

The Hudson, Wyoming retail store location sold the affected product directly to consumers. FBS Hudson is actively trying to contact consumers who may have purchased a 14-pack of ground beef product subject to a public health alert.

The problem was discovered when FBS Hudson alerted FSIS that its routine microbial test results found it was producing Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) O103 in a ground beef sample. There are no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC, such as O103, because it is more difficult to identify than STEC O157:H7. People can get sick from STECs 2-8 days (average 3-4 days) after consuming the organism.

Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. The infection is usually diagnosed by examining a stool sample. The usual treatment is vigorous rehydration and other supportive care; antibiotic treatment is usually not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon in STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in children under 5, older people, and people with weakened immune systems. It is characterized by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. People experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to consume only ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. The only way to confirm that ground beef has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Media with questions about the public health alert can contact Jared Hamilton, FBS Hudson VP Plant Operations, at 307-332-3655 or [email protected] Consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact Cortney Mole, FBS Hudson Store Manager, at 307-332-2975 or [email protected]

Consumers with food safety questions can call the USDA’s toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) from Monday to Friday. Consumers can also review food safety announcements at Ask USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the online electronic consumer complaint monitoring system can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/ .

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