It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time that thousands and thousands of bbq grills will be making their yearly appearance in backyards everywhere. First, let’s honor the military people who gave the ultimate for our county. Don’t forget that is the reason for the holiday! No one wants to hear the words ground beef recall.
Some of us will go to the beach, some to the country, some to the lake for a 3-day holiday. No matter where we are the grills will be heating up and the food will be the man concern once hunger sets in. Food always tastes better when cooked on a grill.
Be careful – there has just been a huge ground beef recall. Yes, ground beef, one the top menu items that will be served this weekend. The US Department of Agriculture released information that 3 people in Ohio have come down with e-coli after ingesting meat from Valley Meats in Illinois. The contaminated meat was sold in various stores under many different names.
To find out if your ground beef has been recalled please phone the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MP-Hotline or 1-888-674-6854. Don’t take a chance, make the phone call.
The recall involves almost 96,000 pounds of ground beef. Click here for the entire list of the tainted ground beef. The contaminated products were produced on March 10th of this year and distributed nationwide.
When handling any raw food products such as beef and poultry there are safety measures that you can take to protect yourself. After handling raw beef the first thing you need to do is wash your hands with soap and water. Just running your hands under water and drying them on a kitchen towel is just spreading possible germs to your towel which can then be transferred to other objects.
The next way to protect yourself is to make sure you cook burgers to “well done”. No more raw, rare or medium rare. Do not take the chance. Cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees. Cooking ground beef to that temperature will insure the beef is ok.
Don’t take a chance with your family and friends. I think you would rather spend the holiday weekend at home with your family instead of at the emergency room. Call the hotline number listed above for more information. Don’t let e-coli be the invited guest at your Memorial Day Cookout.
Call the hotline, use proper techniques when handling raw meat and poultry and everything will be fine. I just wanted everyone to be aware of this ground beef recall.
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