In the month's first major recall news, 5,620 pounds of meat are being taken off shelves in six states. Marcho Farms is recalling beef, pork, and veal products over a potential contamination of a non-O157 Shiga toxin.
The issue came to light after the Illinois State Meat Inspection Service reported samples of meat tested positive for the toxin. Since the meat had already been distributed to grocery stores, the USDA Safety and Inspection Service was alerted.
The meat was distributed to retail stores (like Safeway, Gelson's, Stew Leonard's, and Albertsons) and food service locations in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. Produced between April 11 and April 14 of this year, the products subject to recall by the Pennsylvania-based meat supplier include:
- 60-lb.cases of "VEAL BONELESS TRIMMINGS HALAL" with case code "5398" and "MANFU. DATE" of "04/11/2017."
- 60-lb. cases of "VEAL TRIMMINGS USDA CHOICE" with case code "98" and "MANFU. DATE" of "04/11/17."
- 9-lb. cases of "VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF" with case code "3122" and "Sell By" date "05/05/17."
- 10-lb. cases of "VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF BULK PACK" with case code "3125."
The toxin is dangerous since it can produce the notorious bacteria E.coli, which can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain. While most recover in a week's time, E.coli can cause kidney failure or be fatal if it goes untreated.
"This condition can occur among persons of any age, but is most common in children under 5 years old and older adults," warns the USDA. "It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately."
While there are no reported cases thus far of illness relating to the meat, the USDA recommends consumers toss out the product or get a refund. Make sure to check your freezer.