• Shoppers struggling to find ground beef (not to mention "affordable" ground beef) during the COVID-19 Pandemic have a new worry:  A variety of prepackaged ground beef is being recalled due to potential E. coli concerns.  One of the stores that the beef product is sold at is Walmart.
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture nearly 43,000 pounds of grass-fed ground beef is involved.  The product is processed by Lakeside Refrigerated Services and sold at a variety of stores - including Walmart - under the Marketside Butcher and Thomas Farms brands.  
  • The affected meat was packaged on June 1 and bears the marking "EST. 46841" in the USDA mark of inspection. The bacteria was detected during a routine USDA inspection over the weekend.
  • Here are the specific details about the products involved in the recall - direct from the USDA website:
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82.
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES” and a use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-28.
  • 3-lb. vacuum packages containing three 1 lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN / 7% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53929-70.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53944-10.
  • 4-lb. tray packages containing 10 ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80% LEAN / 20% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/25/20 and lot code P53937-45.
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “THOMAS FARMS GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85% LEAN / 15% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 06/27/20 and lot code P53935-25.
  • 1-lb. vacuum packages containing “VALUE PACK FRESH GROUND BEEF 76% LEAN / 24% FAT” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P53930-18.

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