Texas Natural Meats, a family owned meat company, is recalling approximately 489 pounds of frozen raw, ground beef products. The recall follows an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that their ground beef product may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103.
The USDA states that frozen raw, ground beef items produced on Aug. 8 2017 with expiration date Aug. 8, 2020 were the products affected.
The description of the product provided by the USDA are 1.00-lb. bags of “Green Field Farms Rogers Texas Ground Beef.” The bags display the “PRODUCTION DATE 08.08.2017” and also display the “EXPIRATION DATE 08.08.2020.” The bags are labeled “COOK USE ONLY” with the instruction “DO NOT refreeze after defrosting.
The problem was discovered by the FSIS on June 19, 2018 during routine inspection activities. The frozen ground beef product was tested and found positive for STEC O103.
The FSIS is concerned with people having the product in their freezers and urges people to return or throw away these products. People that consume food infected with STEC may become sick 2-8 days after consumption and are prone to develop, often bloody, diarrhea and vomiting.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34449” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a retailer who sold the product at a farmer’s market in Roger, Texas.