Put down the spatula, and step away slowly.

If you were planning to grill up some steaks for your Memorial Day BBQ, it seems that will have to be exchanged for some chicken, pork, or a vegan/vegetarian option (all delicious alternatives)!

The United States Department of Agriculture has yet again recalled 62,112 lbs. of beef due to an E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. Except for this time, it’s more than just ground beef: the recall includes ribeye, ribs, and brisket cuts. 

The meat was packaged at Aurora Packing Company in Illinois on April 19 and shipped nationwide, bearing establishment number 788. The problem was discovered during a random sampling of the beef (and we are sure glad this random sampling was done)!

Steaks and ribs at butcher shop

You are urged not to consume the product as it has been contaminated with a potentially deadly form of E. coli which can cause severe reactions such as bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps for 2-8 days, and the possibility of a form of a kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). 

So far, there have been no confirmed adverse reactions to the product.

What to Do

Do not consume this meat. You may dispose of the product properly, or return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact David Stewart, Director of Sales and Marketing, at (630) 897-0551. Consumers with food safety questions can consult with “Ask Karen,” the virtual assistant on the USDA’s website. She is available 24 hours a day and can be contacted with your computer or mobile device.

For more information, see the official recall notice here. You can view the full list of recalled products here!

Did you purchase this recalled meat for your institution or home? Have you thrown it out or returned it? Tell us in the comments.