As Memorial Day approaches, you may already be day-dreaming about the char-grilled burger you plan to devour on Monday. Considering the USDA's announcement that 62,112 pounds of raw beef have been recalled this week, Ascension Saint Thomas shares some fast facts you should read before dressing that patty with condiments.
- Illinois-based Aurora Packing Company, Inc., is the source of the contaminated raw beef. The meat in question was packaged on April 19, 2019, and was shipped around the country.
- When purchasing raw beef, check the USDA mark of inspection for the establishment number "EST. 788." Any product marked in this way is part of the recall.
- If you bought beef earlier this week and tucked it away in your freezer, be sure to double-check its mark of inspection.
- As a rule, the USDA recommends that ground beef reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to confirm that your patties are fully cooked.
- Symptoms of E. Coli infection typically rear their head 3 - 4 days after exposure and include: vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, dehydration, and decreased appetite.
- If you believe that you may be experiencing E. Coli infection, seek medical care immediately.