Skyline Provisions Inc. of Harvey, IL, is recalling 1,029 pounds of beef products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Produced between April 15-25, 2015, the following products are subject to recall:
- 17.5 boxes of Aurora Packers Intact Beef Round Flats
On April 15, 2015, Skyline sold the product under their D&S label (Establishment number: 19300), ground and tested 1.5 cases of the product. On April 21, 2015, these products were found positive for E. coli O157:H7. The remaining intact products were sold to Jack & Pat’s Old Fashioned Market in Chicago Ridge, IL, where the product was ground and sold in various amounts of ground chuck patties, ground chuck, ground round, sirloin patties and porter house patties. FSIS discovered the problem during a routine sampling program. Neither FSIS nor the company have received any reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. However, FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may have been sold and stored in consumers’ freezers. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children younger than 5 and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call Skyline Provisions Chairman Frank Grove at (708) 331-1982.