A company that ships to distributors and retailers across the country, including New Jersey, is recalling an unknown amount of beef products due to concerns over possible E. coli contamination, federal officials said.
Illinois-based Brow Packing Company is recalling raw, boneless veal trimmings produced from Feb. 21, 2014 through July 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said.
Sixty-pound boxes of Dutch Valley Veal as well as various generically labeled beef veal trimmings products are subject to the recall. The products were shipped to distributors and retail locations in New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri and Ohio.
Officials say they are concerned that the potentially tainted product may be in consumers' freezers.
Federal investigators found positive tests for E. coli in the products while "performing verification activities at the establishment and observing other non-compliances." Authorities say the potentially contaminated beef trimmings may have been mixed with other products as well.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the potential e. Coli contamination.
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 Mike Jedlicka, company operations director, at (708) 849-7990.