USDA Health Warning for Greater Omaha Packing’s Ground Beef

USDAs The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health warning on raw beef manufactured by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. that may be contaminated with E. coli. O157: H7. A recall was not requested because the affected product is no longer available for purchase.

FSIS fears that some ground beef products may be in consumer fridges or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The raw beef was manufactured by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. on January 14, 2021, processed into ground beef, and sold by Art’s Food Market in Sandwich, Illinois. The following product is subject to the Public Health Warning:

  • 2 pound trays (approximate) of raw ground beef marked with a retail label with “PACKED” dates between January 28, 2021 and January 31, 2021.

This item was sold from a single retail location in Sandwich, Illinois.

The problem was discovered when Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. discovered that they inadvertently distributed products associated with a sample positive for E. coli O157: H7. The company then informed FSIS about the affected product.

There are no confirmed reports of side effects from the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

E. coli O157: H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can lead to dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (average 3–4 days) after exposure of 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 in people of any age, but it is most common in children under 5 years of age and older adults. It is characterized by easy bruising, paleness, and decreased urine output. People who experience these symptoms should see an emergency doctor immediately.

FSIS recommends that all consumers safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and consume only raw ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 ° F. The only way to confirm that raw ground beef products are being cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature (https://www.fsis.usda.gov/ safetempchart).

Consumers and media outlets with questions about the public health warning can contact Angel Besta, vice president of technical resources at Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc., at [email protected]

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