E. coli risk sparks nationwide recall of beef

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WASHINGTON (WOOD) — Days before many Americans plan to fire up their grill for Memorial Day, an Illinois company has issued a nationwide recall for raw beef that may be tainted with E. coli.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Aurora Packing Company, Inc. is recalling about 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that were packaged on April 19 and distributed nationwide.

Nearly 50 products are included in the recall. They all carry “EST. 788” on their label.

>>PDF: List of recalled beef products

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can lead to dehydration, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and kidney failure in extreme cases. Children younger than age 5 and older adults are at highest risk of kidney failure. The symptoms include easy bruising, pallor, and less urine output.

Federal safety officials recommend all consumers cook raw meat to a temperature of 165 degrees before eating it to kill harmful bacteria.

Anyone with questions about the recall is encouraged to contact Aurora Packing Company, Inc. at 630.897.0551.

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