Cargill ground beef recalled for E. coli was sold at Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club stores nationwide, at Target stores in five states and Publix stores in Florida. The recalled meat is linked to a four-state E. coli outbreak that sickened 18 people. Six people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that is a complication of E. coli infections, and were hospitalized. One person in Florida died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When the CDC declared an end to the outbreak on September 20, 2108, Florida had reported 15 illnesses; Colorado, Massachusetts and Tennessee had each reported one.

CDC Map of Cargill Ground Beef E.coli Outbreak

Stores That Sold Recalled Beef

On August 30, 2018,  Publix issued a recall for ground beef for risk of E. coli O26 contamination.

On September 19, 2018, Cargill issued a recall for about 132,606 pounds of ground beef that were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018 for risk of E. coli O26 contamination. The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection

The U.S. Department Of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) published a list of retail stores where the ground beef contaminated with E. coli O26 was sold.

  • Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club distributed the meat to stores nationwide.
  • Target sold the recalled meat at stores in five states: California, Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Texas.
  • Canal Fulton Provision sold the meat in Canal Fulton, Ohio
  • Publix stores in some Florida counties

E. coli O26 Outbreak

The onest of Illness dates reported in this outbreak ranged from July 5, 2018, to July 25, 2018. The case-patients range in age from one year to 75 years old. Sixty-seven percent of ill people were male.

Traceback investigation identified Cargill as the source of the contaminated beef linked to this outbreak.  Lab testing on leftover meat collected from the home of a case-patient tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli.

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