K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, a Carrolton, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 113,424 lb. of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) announced April 23.
The raw ground beef items were produced on March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10 and April 12, 2019. Specifically, the items are two 24 lb. vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing raw “GROUND BEEF PUCK” with “Use Thru” dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19 and 4/30/19. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51308” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the boxes. These items were shipped to distributors in Ft. Orange, Fla., and Norcross, Ga., for further distribution to restaurants.
FSIS and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health, have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O103. Unopened, intact ground beef collected as part of the ongoing investigation from a restaurant location, where multiple case patients reported dining, tested positive for the bacteria. At this time, FSIS said there is no definitive link between this positive product and the ongoing E. coli O103 outbreak. However, further traceback and product analysis will determine if the recalled products are related to the recent E. coli O103 outbreak.
FSIS expressed concern that some product may still be in refrigerators or freezers of restaurants. “Restaurants that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the agency said.
Further, FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F.