FSIS issues public health alert for raw ground beef product over E. coli concerns

Public health alert issues for raw ground beef product over E. coli concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert for a raw beef product produced by a Nebraska company over concerns that it might be contaminated with E. coli.

In a news release, the USDA said the meat, produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co., Inc., of Omaha, may have been contaminated with E. coli. A recall was not requested because the product was no longer available for purchase, the FSIS said.

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FSIS officials said there was concern because the beef products could be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers, according to the news release. The FSIS advised that product should not be eaten, and should be either thrown away or returned to the store where it was bought.

The raw beef item was produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. on Jan. 14, 2021, further processed into ground beef and sold by Art’s Food Market located in Sandwich, Illinois. The following product is subject to the public health alert:

  • 2 pounds (approximately) trays containing raw ground beef labeled with a retail label with “PACKED” dates ranging from Jan. 28, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2021.

The problem was discovered when Greater Omaha Packing Co., Inc., officials determined that they inadvertently distributed product associated with a sample that was positive for E. coli, the news release stated. The company then notified FSIS about the affected product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact Angel Besta, vice president of technical resources, Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. at abesta@greateromahs.com. Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.