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New beef recall may mess up your Memorial Day plans, thanks to E. coli contamination


Make sure your raw beef isn't on the recall list announced by the USDA this week. (Giang Nguyen/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Your Memorial Day weekend plans probably didn’t include E. coli infection.

Just ahead of the holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of more than 60,000 pounds of raw beef products Wednesday because they might be contaminated with the bacteria that can make you sick.

The beef products, which have already been shipped nationwide for distribution, were packaged on April 19 by Aurora Packing Company in North Aurora, Ill. The items are stamped with establishment number “EST. 788” on the USDA mark of inspection.

The dozens of products affected and listed on a spreadsheet released by the department range from ribeye to short rib and skirt steak.

“The problem was discovered during traceback activities in response to random sample testing by FSIS,” the USDA stated in a release. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”

The department advises that the products should either be thrown away or returned to where they were bought. The type of E. coli involved in this recall is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after eating the meat. The USDA recommends that anyone concerned contact a health care provider.