A health alert has been issued regarding ground beef included in HelloFresh meal kits due to a possible link to E. coli contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a health alert regarding possibly contaminated ground beef shipped to subscribers between July 2 and July 21. An outbreak that likely started with ground beef is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several state public health departments.
The alert did not reveal where the outbreak occurred and how many have been reported. As of Tuesday morning, the New Jersey Department of Health did not respond to New Jersey 101.5’s request for additional information.
The product affected by the alert is 10 ounces. plastic vacuum packs labeled “85% LEAN/15% Fat Ground Beef” with codes EST#46841 L1 22 155 or EST#46841 L5 22 155 on the side of the package.
Ground beef packages have “EST.46841” inside the USDA inspection mark and on the plastic packaging of the ground beef.
The symptoms of E. coli usually grow within two to eight days of ingesting the germ.
It can be avoided by washing your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet or changing a diaper, before and after preparing food and after contact with animals.
HelloFresh is a German company that is the largest supplier of meal kits in the United States. It has three New Jersey facilities in Newark, Swedesboro and Totowa.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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