Minnesota Food Company recalls 1,200 Pound of Products over fears of E. Coli Contamination

Minnesota Food Company recalls 1,200 Pound of Products over fears of E. Coli Contamination

US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Saturday that because of possible E. coli contamination a Minnesota food company has recalled about 1,200 pound of its ground beef products.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that Ranchers Legacy Meat Company of Vadnais Heights in Minnesota is recalling products that are packaged in plastic cryovac-sealed packets and have various weights of ground beef.

According to the agency, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection employees found the contaminated products at the time of routine inspection on Friday. Testing of products held at the manufacturing plant and positive result for E. coli has also been found there.

The recall includes 14 products produced on November 19 and the products, including ground beef patties and ground chuck patties, have a 'use by' date of December 10, 2014.

Food safety officials shown concern over a possibility of contamination, believing some of the recalled product may be frozen and in already in customers' freezers. Products of the Ranchers Legacy Meat Company were sent to stores nationwide. According to the USDA, the E. coli strain involved in the recalled ground beef products is known as O157:H7.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium and it can cause diarrhea, dehydration, and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after exposure. Most of people get well within a week but some can develop kidney failure. This can happen among persons of any age, especially children under 5 years old and older adults are at higher risk. People who face these symptoms are suggested to take emergency medical care as soon as possible. Up to now, no illnesses connected with this has been reported.

The Minnesota Department of Health said that during 2014, consumers in the state have been affected by minimum eight other foods recalls or advisories.

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