Costco in Coon Rapids is recalling lean fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said today.
The recall is of 383 units of 88 percent lean fresh ground beef (88/12). It has the Costco item number 33724 under the Costco label. It was sold directly to 342 consumers in a Costco at 12547 Riverdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids between Sept. 4 and 7.
FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness on Oct. 17. Working with Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Health, FSIS determined that there is a link between the ground beef product from Costco and this illness. Based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, one person was identified as becoming ill on about Sept. 29.
The product was prepared from bull meat and finely ground beef from the Costco Wholesale plant in Tracy, Calif., and bench trim prepared at the Costco Wholesale in Coon Rapids. The steaks or roasts that were the source of the bench trim may have originated from as many as 16 federally inspected establishments. FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Department of Health on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.