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More than 120,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled after routine testing revealed the meat may be infected with Escherichia coli (E. coli).

New Jersey-based Lakeside Refrigerated Services announced April 25 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) had identified E. coli O103 in some imported ground beef products, including ones sold at Walmart. The impacted products were produced February 1 through April 8. Consumers may still have these products in their freezers, which is why FSIS issued the recall.

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Products listed in the recall bear the establishment number EST. 46841 inside the USDA's mark of inspection. Brands impacted by the recall include Thomas Farms, Nature's Reserve, Marketside, and Weis.

The recalled foods include beef patties and ground beef, and they were shipped nationwide to 18 states:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

See the full list of recalled products, and review the labels for the recalled products.

The E. coli was detected during FSIS testing. To date, no illnesses or adverse impacts related to the contaminated beef products have been confirmed.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and fever. These may first show up two to eight days after eating the contaminated food, and they can last five to seven days.

Treatment includes rehydration and rest. Rarely, more severe cases will require hospitalization.

If you believe you have one of the recalled products, the USDA urges you not to consume it. You can instead throw it away, or return it to the place you purchased it. Consumers with questions are urged to call Lakeside Refrigerated Services at 800-493-9042.