Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalls ground beef products due to possible E. coli O103 contamination
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2022 – Lakeside Refrigeration Services, a facility in Swedesboro, NJ, is recalling approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E.coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ground beef products were produced from February 1, 2022 through April 8, 2022. The complete list of products and product codes for the recalled beef products can be found here. Ground beef product labels can be found here.
The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 46841″ inside USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing of imported products. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.
Many clinical labs do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin E.coli (STEC) as O103 because it is more difficult to identify than STEC O157:H7. People can get sick from STEC 2-8 days (average 3-4 days) after consuming the organism.
Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more serious. The infection is usually diagnosed by testing a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care are standard treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely do some develop a more serious infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon with STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age, but is more common in children under 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It is characterized by easy bruising, paleness and decreased urine output. People with these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS regularly conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that recalling companies are notifying their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall may contact Lakeside Refrigerated Services at 800-493-9042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers with questions about food safety can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask the USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety posts on Ask USDA or email a question to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic online consumer complaint monitoring system is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint. fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.