U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found possible contamination of the e. coli ( Escherichia coli) bacteria in Arkansas City-based Creekstone Farms’ Premium Beef.
Creekstone Farms’ beef is shipped in bulk to processing companies in Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The beef shipped in bulk may have been repacked in smaller consumer-sized packages and sold at retail under different brand names.
Creekstone Farms also supplies meat to restaurants and groceries throughout the U.S., and ships to Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Unfortunately information on stores in other states that might sell Creekstone Farms’ beef products isn’t yet available but a partial list of retailers includes: Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, Country Mart, and Ramey supermarkets in Missouri. Creekstone Farms also distributes meat to upscale and trendy restaurants like Balthazar and Porterhouse New York. Shake Shack Burger also uses Creekstone Farms’ beef.
Fourteen thousand one hundred fifty-eight lbs. of ground beef may be tainted with the e. coli bacteria.
Included in FSIS recall are:
- 40-pound cases of Beef Fine Grind 81/19 Natural in 10-pound chubs with a product code of 80185
- 40-pound cases of Beef Chuck Fine Grind 81/19 Natural in 10-pound chubs with a product code of 80285
- 40-pound cases of Beef Sirloin Fine Grind 91/9 Natural in 10-pound chubs with a product code of 80495
- 40-pound cases of Beef Fine Grind 90/10 Natural in 5-pound chubs with a product code of 85165
- 60-pound cases of Beef Fine Ground 93/7 in 10-pound packages with the product code 86191
The USDA states that each case of the beef has the establishment no. “EST 27” in its inspection mark and was produced on Feb. 22.
To ensure that all bacteria is killed in cooking it is recommended that a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit be observed in beef products. This is what is called well-done – not pink but brown in the inside.
Though e. coli infection is rare it can be very serious and even life-threatening to the young, old, and chronically ill.
Someone infected with e. coli might suffer from bad stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea accompanied sometimes with blood.
Creekstone Farms is reaching out to consumers. You may call Creekstone Farms marketing vice president Jim Rogers at (620) 741-3352 for any inquiry.
No reports of illnesses connected with e. coli regarding Creekstone Farms’ beef had been reported.