Silver Springs Farms decided to recall almost 740 pounds of ground beef because it is possible to be contaminated with E.coli. Even though no illnesses were reported regarding these products, the company made the right decision. It seems that the United States are having big issues with E. coli after more products have been found infected in a short period of time.
The ground beef, which was produced on August 19, 2016, was sent to a distributor in Virginia. There are 20-pound cases containing 4 packages of 5-pound ground beef 80/20. The problem was found during a test performed by Silver Spring Farms.
Health officials are concerned that costumes could have these products in their freezers. They are asking people who bought this product to throw it away as fast as they can. Another option would be to take it back to the place they purchased and get a full refund.
The most important thing is not to use it, even if you want to cook it at high temperatures. Moreover, if you have eaten beef from Silver Spring Farms in the last month, you should go to a doctor. Make sure that everything is right and you are not infected.The symptoms could be abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Some patients even develop a kidney disease, no matter what age they have. Children and older adults should pay more attention because they are the most likely to be infected.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is afraid they are dealing with an outbreak. Farmers also complain about the fact their businesses are in danger due to E. coli bacteria.
If you want to prevent the disease, there are some things you can do. First of all, wash your hands before cooking, after you used the bathroom or after you have played with animals. Another important thing is to cook meats at high temperatures, at least 160°F. Do not forget to avoid raw milk because there were cases when people got infected due to this product. Your kitchen should be a clean place if you want to prevent bacteria.
Unfortunately, we are not able to know if a product we buy from the store is infected or not. The best solution for companies is to test the products before selling them to the market. This way they know for sure if customers are safe.
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