A company that ships to retailers in New York and New Jersey is recalling more than 3,500 pounds of beef products due to concerns over possible E. coli contamination, federal officials said.
Newark-based G & M Co. is recalling bulk beef cuts and trimmings products that were produced June 8, 9 and 10. The products subject to recall bear establishment number M5476 inside the federal mark of inspection; the FDA said it would post a list of retailers that received the shipments when available.
The issue was identified Tuesday when federal inspectors started looking into the case after sampling and testing turned up positive for E. coli.
There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef, but federal and company officials are concerned the beef may be in consumers' freezers. Anyone who has the recalled product should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.
E. coli are potentially deadly bacteria that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days 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 people 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. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jose Morales, plant manager, at (973) 621-7444.