Merkley & Sons Packing Co. of Jasper, Indiana is recalling certain ground beef products because of possible E. coli contamination.

The recall is the result of routine sampling of the production 60- 1 lb. packages of 80% lean fresh ground beef. Test results indicated possible E. coli contamination.

Recalled products:

  • 1 lb and 5 lb. packages of “Ground Beef, 80% Lean,” sold from June 7 to June 24. 

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says the impacted products were sold in the following retail outlets between June 7 and June 24, 2021:

  • Big Peach Produce Stand – Bruceville, IN
  • Birdseye Conservation Club – Birdseye, IN
  • Buck’s Produce – Marengo, IN
  • Discount Grocery – Loogootee, IN
  • Dutch Pantry – Vincennes, IN
  • Fast Eddies – French Lick, IN
  • IGA – Loogootee, IN
  • Jay C – Washington, IN
  • Kalb’s – Dubois, IN
  • Merkley and Sons Packing Company retail store – Jasper, IN
  • Nicholson Valley Grocery – Dubois, IN
  • Shepherds Loft – Montgomery, IN
  • Spud Food Mart – Jasper, IN
  • Sunny’s Celestine – Celestine, IN

As of the posting of this recall, no illness has been reported in association with these products.

Customers who have purchased “Ground Beef, 80% Lean” between June 7 and June 24 in 1 lb. or 5 lb. packages may return the product to the retail purchase location for a full refund or exchange.

About E. coli infections

Anyone who has eaten any of the implicated products and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctor about their possible exposure to the bacteria. Specific tests are required to diagnose the infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which are often bloody. Some patients may also have a fever. Most patients recover within five to seven days. Others can develop severe or life-threatening symptoms and complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 5 to 10 percent of those diagnosed with E. coli infections develop a potentially life-threatening kidney failure complication, known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor.

Many people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent injuries or death. This condition can occur among people of any age but is most common in children younger than five years old because of their immature immune systems, older adults because of deteriorating immune systems, and people with compromised immune systems such as cancer patients.

People who experience HUS symptoms should immediately seek emergency medical care. People with HUS will likely be hospitalized because the condition can cause other serious and ongoing problems such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, brain damage, and neurologic problems.

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