Aurora Packing Company, Inc. recalls beef products due to possible contamination with E. coli O157: H7


WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 – Aurora Packing Company, Inc., a facility in North Aurora, Illinois, recalls approximately 4,838 pounds of beef heel and tender chuck products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157: H7, announced today the Food Safety and Security Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (FSIS).

Bulk beef products were manufactured and packaged on February 27, 2019. The following products are likely to be recalled: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • Various cardboard packaging containing bulky pieces of 'AURORA ANGUS BEEF BONELESS BEEF – BEVERAGE APPARATUS' and the case code 61150 shown on the label.
  • Various cardboard packaging containing bulky pieces of "BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT" and the case code 29970 shown on the label.
  • Various cardboard packaging containing bulky pieces of "BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT" and the case code 49970 shown on the label.

Products subject to recall bear the EST establishment number. 788 "inside the USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped for institutional use in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered during traceback activities after routine testing of FSIS. No cases of adverse effect related to the consumption of these products has been confirmed.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. E. coli O157: H7 is a life-threatening bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2 to 8 days (average 3 to 4 days) after exposure. While most people heal in a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur in people of all ages, but is most common in children under 5 and older adults. It is characterized by bruising, pallor and decreased urinary output. People with these symptoms should immediately see a doctor.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to use them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely performs recall effectiveness checks to ensure that recall companies inform their customers of the recall and ensure that steps are taken to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS recommends that all consumers prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen products, safely and consume only products cooked at 165 ° F. The only way to confirm that Beef is cooked at a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature,

Consumers and members of the media who have questions about the recall may contact David Stewart, Director of Sales and Marketing at Aurora Packing Company, Inc., at (630) 897-0551.

Consumers with questions about food safety can "ask Karen," the 24-hour virtual FSIS representative on or via smartphone on The USDA toll-free 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) line for meat and poultry is available in English and Spanish and is available from 10:00 to 18:00. (Eastern Time) Monday to Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The electronic consumer complaint monitoring system is available 24 hours a day at

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