HelloFresh ground beef linked to E. coli outbreak, CDC says

The ground beef linked to the E. coli outbreak was included in select HelloFresh meal packs shipped in July.

WASHINGTON — At least seven people have contracted E. coli after eating ground beef sent to them by popular meal-prep delivery service HelloFresh, according to federal health officials. Six of those people had to be hospitalized.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert warning people of the dangers of consuming ground beef, which is included in some HelloFresh shipments shipped in July.

Although the meat has been linked to an E. coli outbreak, the US Department of Agriculture declined a recall notice because the meat was no longer sold.

The ground beef was delivered in meal packs that were shipped to consumers across the country between July 2 and July 21, according to the notice posted online. The meat itself was packaged in 10 ounces. vacuum sealed bags shipped with a variety of meals.

The beef was marked “MINCED 85% LEAN/15% FAT” and all affected packages have “EST.46841” within the USDA Mark and “EST#46841 L1 22 155” or “EST#46841 L5 22 155” on it the side of the packaging.

HelloFresh is a meal kit service that sends ingredients and recipes that customers can prepare at home.

All six people interviewed by the CDC about their illness reported eating HelloFresh ground beef before becoming ill.

Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington each reported at least one case of E. coli in their states related to the outbreak. The CDC says investigators are working to determine if other ground beef could be contaminated.

Anyone who froze HelloFresh ground beef in July to save for later is being urged by the CDC to discard the meat and thoroughly wash any surfaces or containers it may have touched.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.

These symptoms usually begin three to four days after eating the bacteria, and most people recover five to seven days later without treatment.

Some people can develop serious kidney problems as the infection progresses and require hospitalization.

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