Over 62,000 pounds of raw beef products sent nationwide are recalled due to possible E. coli pollution, just days before Memorial Day, one of the nation's largest barbecue holidays.
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The beef products came from the Aurora Packing Company in Aurora, Illinois, where they were packed on April 19, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The products that are recalled ̵[ads1]1; pieces of meat that include skirts, brisket, short ribs and ribeye – are marked with an establishment number "EST. 788."
FSIS told everyone with these steak products to throw them away or return them.
The contaminated meat was discovered during random testing of FSIS.
Although no reports of disease from eating the meat have been confirmed, FSIS asked anyone concerned about an injury or disease to contact a health care provider.
E. coli is a bacterium that is often transmitted through contaminated food or water. The bacteria can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, with these symptoms usually three to four days after exposure.