Utah companies remember thousands of pounds of beef due to possible E. Coli pollution

Two Utah companies have recalled a combined almost 100,000 pounds of meat after an inspection found evidence of E. Coli in samples of their raw beef.

The bulk of the meat – about 99,260 pounds – comes from Hyrum-based Swift Beef Co. About 530 pounds of beef products from Salt Lake City-based Majestic Meat Company were also recalled, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Majestic Meat Company beef steak patties, bulk meat steak and 1[ads1]0 pound packets of beef, pork and veal buns sent to Utah restaurants were affected by the recall. All products involved in the recall program "EST. 19915" printed in the USDA Inspection Tag.

Swift Beef Co. eight to 10 pound packages of course steak and 2,000 pound bulk pallets with fine steak, all sent to further processing or food distributors in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah were recalled. Affected products carry "EST. 628" inside the USDA Inspection Mark.

Both companies' beef samples tested positive Thursday for a potentially fatal type of E. coli bacterium, which can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps. While many people recover from exposure within a week, some people may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include pale skin, mild bruising and increased urinary output. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical help after the release.

So far, officials have not confirmed any reports that someone gets sick after eating the affected steak.

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