Cargill ground beef products recalled over E. coli outbreak after 1 death and 17 reported cases of illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a recall for more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef products over E. coli concerns.

Representatives from H-E-B and Kroger tell Eyewitness News they don't source ground beef from Cargill. It is not known if any other Houston-area grocery stores may carry Cargill products.

The products manufactured by a Colorado-based meat producer were made from the chuck portion of the carcass, and may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26.

The items were produced and packaged on June 21 by Cargill Meat Solutions. They were shipped to stores nationwide.

You can view the list of recalled products here.

According to the USDA, the recalled products have the establishment number "EST. 86R" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Health officials say they were notified about an investigation into E. coli 026 illnesses on Aug. 16 and determined that the raw ground beef was the likely source.

Seventeen illnesses and one death were identified from July 5-25.

If you have any of the affected products, the USDA is urging you not to eat them. They should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased.

E. coli is known to cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

Symptoms usually resolve within a week. However, some people can develop life-threatening conditions.

Infections can develop as soon as one day after infection and as late as 10 days. Most people begin to fall ill within three to four days.

For more information about the recall, go to the USDA website.
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