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FSIS issues public health warning for specific ground beef in HelloFresh meal packs due to possible E. Coli O157:H7 contamination

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2022 The United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS) Food Safety and Inspection Service issues a public health warning over concerns that ground beef products in HelloFresh meal kits may be associated with Escherichia coli (E coli) O157:H7 disease. No recall has been requested as the products are no longer for sale.

The ground beef meal kits for this public health alert were shipped to consumers from July 2-21, 2022. The following products are covered by the public health warning [view label]:

  • 10-oz. plastic vacuum-packed containers with “GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN/15% FAT” with codes “EST#46481 L1 22 155” or “EST#46481 L5 22 155” on the side of the package.

The ground beef packaging has “EST.46841” in the USDA hallmark and the plastic ground beef packaging.

FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and public health partners are investigating an outbreak of E coli O157:H7 and raw ground beef is the likely source of the reported diseases. Traceback information identified that multiple patient patients received ground beef produced at facility M46841 and distributed by HelloFresh in meal packs from July 2-21, 2022. Traceback of materials used to produce the ground beef is ongoing and FSIS continues collaborating with suppliers and public health partners in research.

FSIS is concerned that some products are in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to consume only ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to confirm that ground beef has been cooked to a temperature high enough to To kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Media and consumers with questions about the public health warning can contact hello@hellofresh.com or via live chat.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers can also browse food safety posts on Ask USDA or ask a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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