Updated September 14 with case numbers and states Ground beef produced by Lakeside Refrigerated Systems and included in HelloFresh meal kits is the probable source of an E. coli outbreak, according to a public health alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). The affected meal kits were shipped to customers shipped between July 2 and July 21, 2022.
USDA FSIS did not ask the company to issue a recall because “affected products are longer available for purchase,” but wanted to alert consumers who may still have this meat in their freezers not to eat it.
Seven illnesses in six states have been confirmed through genetic tests to be linked to each other and to the strain found in the ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six people have been hospitalized.
The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 17 to 69 years old, said they first began to experience symptoms on dates ranging from June 8, 2022, to August 17, 2022. Fifty-seven percent of the patients are male. The median age is 25. The number of cases reported from each state is: Maryland (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).
Previous Lakeside Ground Beef E. coli Recall
This is not the first time ground beef produced by Lakeside Refrigerated Services has been cited for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. In June 2020, the Swedesboro, NJ-based company issued an E. coli recall for ground beef and ground beef patties sold at Food City, Giant Eagle, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, Grocery Outlet, and Market District stores.
E. coli Symptoms
Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. These symptoms usually develop one to three days after exposure.
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