Costco recalls potentially contaminated ground beef

by Tyler Gieseke

A Costco store in Coon Rapids is recalling ground beef that could be contaminated with E. coli, news sources report.

The ground beef was sold to 342 customers last month, MPR reported.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recall extends to 383 units of fresh, 88 percent lean ground beef, the Associated Press reported.


The contaminated beef was sold to customers between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7, the AP said.


The dangerous strain of E. coli potentially contaminating the beef is O157: H7, according to MPR. One case of E. coli illness in Minnesota was linked to the ground beef late last month.


This strain of E. coli can result in kidney failure and can cause dehydration, abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea, MPR said. Young children and older adults are more likely to suffer from symptoms of E. coli illness.  


Costco is attempting to contact customers who bought the ground beef, the AP said.