Tons of ground beef sold at Walmart’s nationwide are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

(CNN) —More than 16,000 pounds of raw ground beef products were recalled Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli. The meat items, produced by Cargill Meat Solutions, were sold at Walmart stores across the United States.

According to a USDA recall notice, the potentially contaminated beef was produced on April 26 and April 27. There have been no confirmed reports of illness from the meat, the agency’s release said.

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Cargill Meat Solutions said the products were recalled “out of an abundance of caution.”

Cargill said the potentially contaminated product was distributed to Walmart stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

“At Walmart, the health and safety of our customers is always our top priority,” a Walmart spokesperson told CNN in a statement. “As soon as we were notified of the recall, we immediately removed the affected products and notified customers who may have purchased these products.”

In total, there are six meat products that could be contaminated, including products labeled “93% Lean, 7% Fat, All-Natural Lean Ground Beef” and “Prime Rib Beef Steak Burgers Patties,” the USDA said.

Walmart customers who purchased affected products should throw them away or return them to the place where they were purchased, the agency said.

In an email, Cargill said it had set up a consumer hotline to answer any questions about the recall: 1-844-419-1574.

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