The recalled beef packets were produced June 1.

By Kimberly Holland
Updated June 15, 2020
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Lakeside Refrigerated Services of Swedesboro, N.J., has recalled more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef. According to a statement from the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recall is due to a possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The ground beef was sold at Walmart and other retailers under the brand names Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms.

The particular packages of recalled ground beef were packaged on June 1 and shipped nationwide. The affected packages have an establishment number — EST. 46841 — inside the USDA mark of inspection on each package.

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This recall is classified as a Class I recall, which the agency classifies as "...a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." It's also listed as a "high" risk to health.

The possible contamination was discovered during routine food safety inspections. To date, no customers have reported illness as a result of consuming the meat.

Per the USDA statement, the recalled packages include:

  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing "MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF" and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of "MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES" and a use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-28
  • 3-lb. vacuum packages containing three 1 lb. pieces of "MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN / 7% FAT" and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of "THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT" and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10
  • 4-lb. tray packages containing 10 ¼ lb. pieces of "THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80% LEAN / 20% FAT" and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of "THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT" and a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P53935-25
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing "VALUE PACK FRESH GROUND BEEF 76% LEAN / 24% FAT" and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18

If you have meat that is part of the recall, you should throw away the meat or return it to the place of purchase, the USDA says. Do not eat it. Be sure to check your freezer as well for stored meat.

An E. coli infection can cause stomach cramps, dehydration, vomiting, blood stools, and diarrhea. Symptoms typically appear three to four days after exposure. In severe cases, kidney failure is also a possible complication of an infection. Thoroughly cooking any meat reduces your risk of exposure.

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