More than 120,872 pounds of ground beef stored at a refrigerated meat facility in Swedesboro, New Jersey, are suspected of being contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The ground beef was sold in grocery stores nationwide, not just in the local area.
During a routine inspection of Lakeside Refrigerated Services in Swedesboro, New Jersey, inspectors discovered the presence of E. coli bacteria. As a result, the company is now issuing a safety warning for more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef.
If you purchased ground beef between February 1, 2022, and April 8, 2022, you'll want to check the list of product codes and packaging labels to ensure your meat is not on the warning list for possible contamination.
The products in question also have the establishment number "EST. 46841" inside the USDA inspection mark on the packaging.
If you have ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer listed on the warning list, you should discard it immediately and refrain from eating it. Alternatively, you can return the item to the store where it was purchased for a refund.
People who ingest E. coli bacteria can become very sick. Often symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea can show up 3-4 days after coming into contact with the bacteria.
While most people recover from E. coli infection within a week, symptoms can be more severe in young children or those who have weakened immune systems.
If there is a possibility that you have ingested contaminated meat and you have symptoms of infection, you should consult with a medical professional or seek treatment immediately if your symptoms become more severe.