Govt warning after U.S. recalls 62,000 pounds of raw beef
The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) has warned the Bahamian public that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a recall for over 62,000 pounds of raw beef due to E. coli.
On May 22, the USDA and FSIS issued a recall for raw beef due to potential E. coli contamination after random sampling, according to a statement by the BAHFSA.
E. coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of the bacteria are relatively harmless but a few strains, such as E. coli 0157-H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
“The meat was packaged at the Aurora Packing Company, Inc. in North Aurora, Illinois and has the establishment number, EST. 788, inside the USDA mark of inspection,” the statement said.
“The recall includes over 40 products, mostly steak (ribeyes, ribs and brisket cuts).”
“…The Ministry of Health’s surveillance unit [has] received no reports of illness associated with this recall and none have been confirmed by the USDA.
“Local retailers and wholesalers are asked to discard this product from their freezers if found and consumers, likewise.”
Last November, BAHFSA issued a warning against the consumption of romaine lettuce and raw turkey products derived from the United States due to an outbreak of E. coli and salmonella.
There were 32 illnesses reported in the United States, with 13 requiring hospital care, 18 reported illnesses in Canada but no reported illnesses in The Bahamas.
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