A massive ground beef recall of more than 1.8 million pounds of meat could impact customers in South Florida.
The recall was ordered because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. The contaminated meat was traced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Company. The meat may be the source of 11 E. coli illnesses across four states, the USDA said.
Among the stores listed as having received the meat is the Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores, which sells meat in bulks to restaurants and single customers. GFS has stores in Miami, Little Havana, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Boynton Beach in South Florida.
Two other Florida retailers were also listed in the recall, the Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida and Girogio’s Italian Deli in Stuart.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”
This strain of E. coli can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days after exposure. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults.
For the full list of products recalled, click here.
If you have questions about the recall, you can call 1-800-521-1390 or visit the website AskKaren.gov.