Yet another recall is affecting grocery stores in the United States. This time, it’s Walmart, and they’re pulling more than 5,000 pounds of beef, pork and veal from the shelves over potential E. coli contamination. So if you were planning on meatballs tonight, maybe skip it.
The recall comes out of Marcho Farms, and it affects beef, pork and veal products from grocery stores in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
Marcho Farms is concerned that the meat could be contaminated by the non-O157 Shiga toxin. This toxin can ultimately produce E. coli, which can be fatal for those with compromised immune systems, the elderly and the very young.
Signs of E. coli include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and general misery for about three to four days on average. Most people recover within about a week, but it is possible to develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
This condition is most common in the very old and the very young; symptoms include bruising easily, decreased urine output and pallor.