PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Health issued a warning Thursday that thousands of pounds of ground beef products are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.
Cargill Meat Solutions issued the recall after 26 illnesses were reported and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found that raw ground beef was the probable source. Further investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death associated with the recalled beef.
The recall affects 132,606 pounds of ground beef products, which were shipped to retail locations nationwide. They bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The health department said it’s working to make sure the affected products are removed from local store shelves.
Consumers who purchased the recalled products are advised to throw them away or return them to their place of purchase.
E. coli bacteria typically causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to the health department, but can lead to a more severe infection, most commonly in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Anyone with questions about the recall can call 1-844-419-1574.