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North Aurora Packing Company Recalls 62K Pounds Of Beef Due To Possible E. coli Contamination

May 24, 2019 - 8:35 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A North Aurora packing company is recalling more than 62,000 pounds of raw beef products because of a threat of E. coli.

A message on the USDA hotline states, "On May 22, 2019, Aurora Packing Company of North Aurora, Illinois recalled approximately 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli."

Aurora Packing Company produced and packaged the products on April 19, 2019. The recall includes 46 produces, such as, steaks and ribs that were shipped nationwide. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

According to the USDA, the problem was discovered during traceback activities in response to random sample testing by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. 

The Kane County Health Department said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef products.

The recall comes a month after the CDC reported that more than 150 people across 10 states were infected with E. coli after eating contaminated ground beef since March.

"E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age, but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately," the USDA states.

For more information on the beef recall, visit the USDA website.