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Over 5,000 pounds of veal, beef, and pork recalled; sold at Food Lion, Walmart

(Photo: Marcho Farms)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) -- Marcho Farms, Inc. is recalling veal, beef, and pork products due to possible non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) contamination.

It's affecting about 5,620 pounds of boneless veal and ground veal, beef, and pork products.

The products were produced on April 11 and April 14:

  • 60-lb.cases of “VEAL BONELESS TRIMMINGS HALAL” with case code “5398” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/2017.”
  • 60-lb. cases of “VEAL TRIMMINGS USDA CHOICE” with case code “98” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/17.”
  • 9-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF” with case code “3122” and “Sell By” date “05/05/17.”
  • 10-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF BULK PACK” with case code “3125.”

The items were distributed to retail stores and food service locations in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia at places like Food Lion and Walmart.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem was discovered when the Illinois State Meat Inspection Service notified FSIS on May 2 about positive samples made with source material produced by Marcho Farms, Inc. in Pennsylvania.

FSIS officials said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.

Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure.

While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). It's most common in children under five-years-old and older adults.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some products may be frozen and in some people's freezers.

If you've bought some of these products do not eat them, throw then away or return them to where you bought them.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

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