Customers who received HelloFresh meal boxes this summer may have been exposed to E. coli, according to a new public health warning.
Saturday, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service stated beef from a specific source may have caused many infections. O157:H7 causes intestinal infections in humans.
Customers with HelloFresh ground beef shipped from July 2 to 21 should throw it away, the USDA warned. The Food industry didn't urge a recall because the kits are no longer available to buy
The 85 percent lean ground beef came in 10-ounce plastic vacuum-sealed containers labeled "EST.46841." The packages are also labeled "EST#46841 L1 22 155" or "EST#46841 L5 22 155."
HelloFresh, a German company, stated that the USDA's warning "affects a very small percentage of HelloFresh clients in the US" who bought beef from a certain source.
Ground beef is a common cause of E. coli transmission. About 120,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled in April for this reason. In 2019, E. coli in ground beef affected 109 people in six states.
Ten people became ill and one died in an incident linked to packed salads late last year. Another outbreak has been related to baby spinach.
Some E. coli are safe bacteria. Others may cause Urinary infections, pneumonia, or respiratory infections. One can get E. coli by swallowing contaminated drinks or food with animal or human feces.
Food safety officials advise only eating ground beef cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit & confirming the temperature with a thermometer. Meat refrigerated at 40 degrees must be used within two days.