Meat distributors in the Portland area are recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of minced meat

A Clackamas-based meat distributor has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of minced meat that may be contaminated with E. coli, officials said Monday.

The minced meat products from Interstate Meat Distributors were sold in WinCo, Kroger, Albertsons and Walmart stores in seven states, including Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety and inspection service said Monday.

All the raw minced meat products were produced on December 20, 2021[ads1], officials said.

The products that are subject to recall are marked “EST. 965 ″ within the USDA mark for inspection or by time stamp and use or freeze-by-date, it is stated in the statement. A complete list of products that are subject to recall is available here .

Food safety officials became aware of the possible contamination after one of the minced meat products was purchased and sent to a third-party microbiological analysis laboratory, and then tested positive for E. coli, officials said.

Food security officials warned that some of the recalled products could be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers, urging people not to eat them. Anyone concerned about possible E. coli contamination should contact a healthcare professional, the statement said.

E. Coli can cause diarrhea, bloody stools, stomach cramps and dehydration. In severe cases, victims can develop kidney failure which can damage the organ permanently and sometimes lead to death.

– Catalina Gaitán; @catalinagaitan

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