Nearly 60,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Just Got Recalled Across Multiple States — Here’s What We Know

published Sep 19, 2023
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Spaghetti bolognese, hamburgers, and tacos are among American dinnertime classics, which means ground beef is likely a staple on grocery lists nationwide. If you’ve been planning one of these delicious meals, you may want to press pause on your meal plan. Unfortunately, a recall was recently issued on ground beef, meaning that if you have any in your freezer, you’ll want to check to see if it’s included.

Which Ground Beef Products Are Affected?

While 60,000 pounds is certainly a lot of meat, the recall only impacts consumers in certain areas. Ground beef with possible E. coli contamination was shipped to distributors in Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio. The items being recalled were sold by American Foods Group, operating as Green Bay Dressed Beef, and can be identified by establishment number EST. 18076 printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products that are part of the recall include 80-pound cases of raw ground beef containing 10-pound plastic tubes:

  • “90050 BEEF FINE GROUND 81/19” with lot code D123226026
  • “20473 BEEF HALAL FINE GROUND 73/27” with lot code D123226027
  • “20105 BEEF FINE GROUND 73/27” with lot code D123226027

The ground beef that is being recalled was produced on August 14, 2023, and fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not yet received any reports of consumers getting sick from the meat. The contamination issue was discovered when a sample of the meat was collected and tested by a state public health partner, who notified the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

What Should You Do?

If you are among the distributors or customers who have purchased any of these recalled ground beef products, the FSIS advises that you not further distribute or use them at the risk of contamination. The agency also recommends these products be thrown away or returned to the original place of purchase. If you have consumed any of these products and develop symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, seek emergency medical care immediately. 

Food safety is one of the most important kitchen practices. For a quick refresher, check out The Kitchn’s guide to Food Safety 101 and download the USDA’s Food Safety app. Be sure to stay on the lookout for new food recalls to ensure you and your family stay healthy.