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A meat company based in Newark, NJ is recalling over 3,500 pounds of beef products due to scares of an E.coli contamination, according to a news release from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

G & M Beef Recall

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The company in question is the G&M Beef Co., who recently recalled approximately 3,586 pounds of beef products that many have been contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.

The products being recalled are all forms of bulk beef cuts and beef trimmings produced by the company on June 8, 9 and 10. The supposedly contaminated beef products were shipping to food retailers in both New Jersey and New York, and are marked with the plant identifier number M5476. According to the FSIS news release, the contaminated meat products were packaged in box sizes ranging from 30 to 195 pounds.

The company is also concerned that some of the contaminated products have already made their way to consumer’s freezers, and are urging anybody who has purchased meat from them to check the identifier number on the packaging.

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Concerned meat buyers with questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.

E. Coli Health Risks

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E. coli is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States, accounting for over 2,000 hospitalizations a year.

E. coli is commonly found in the intestines of animals. Meat products can become contaminated with e. coli during the slaughtering process if proper hygiene and food handling practices are not followed, and can then spread throughout the meat. In rarer cases, meat can also become contaminated if it is handled by someone who is infected with e. coli.

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Symptoms of e. coli poisoning are the same as most common food poisoning symptoms, except maybe slightly more intense. These symptoms include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Watery diarrhea that may develop into bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

Even though majority of  e. coli poisoning cases are not serious and most people recover within five to ten days, it can be very harmful and potentially fatal for young children and the elderly, or anybody else with a compromised immune system.

Although there is no cure for e. coli, there are measures you can take which will reduce the symptoms of e. coli and the risk of suffering serious health problems. This includes staying well hydrated to replace all the liquids that you would lose from vomiting and diarrhea, as dehydration is a common health risk for people with e. coli poisoning.

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Sources:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-049-2016-release

http://www.foodborneillness.com/ecoli_food_poisoning/

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/fs-fi/ecoli-eng.php

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