It's true that North Dakota loves it's read mean, however we most likely prefer it without a side of e. coli bacteria.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for ground beef products that may have been contaminated with the bacteria E. coli O157:H7.

The purpose of this public health advisory from FSIS is to inform consumers that these items should not be ingested. No recall was initiated as the products are no longer available for purchase.

The uncooked minced beef products were manufactured on March 28, 2024.

The items are labeled with a "Use/Freeze by" date of April 22, 2024, and a packaging date of "032824."

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The establishment number "EST. 960A" appears within the USDA mark of inspection on the products that are subject to the public health notice. The aforementioned commodities were distributed to food service establishments and retail outlets across the entire country.

The issue was detected by the organization during a product inventory, since the items were being held due to testing positive for E. coli O157:H7.

The company informed FSIS that they unintentionally utilized a portion of the tainted beef to manufacture ground beef products, which were then distributed for sale.

There is currently no evidence of any sickness resulting from the intake of these goods. Individuals who have concerns about an illness should promptly get in touch with a healthcare provider.

E. coli O157:H7 is a pathogenic bacteria that has the potential to cause severe illness.

Symptoms such as dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and stomach cramps often appear 2–8 days after coming into contact with the bacterium, with an average onset of 3–4 days.

Although the majority of individuals recover within a week, a subset may develop a condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which involves kidney failure.

This illness can manifest in individuals of any age but is more prevalent in youngsters below the age of 5 and elderly individuals.

It is characterized by the presence of easy bruising, pallor, and reduced urine production. Individuals who encounter these symptoms should promptly seek urgent medical attention.

FSIS is worried that certain products may be present in the freezers of consumers and food service organizations.

Consumers who have bought these products are strongly advised not to consume them, and food service establishments are strongly advised not to provide these products. Dispose of these things or return them to the place where they were bought.

FSIS recommends that all customers follow proper food safety practices while handling raw meat products, including fresh and frozen. It is important to ensure that ground beef is cooked thoroughly to a temperature of 160 °F before consumption.

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.
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Consumers and members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Gina Adami, Greater Omaha Packing Co., Inc. Representative, at 402-575-4702 or with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or send a question via email to For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

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