WASHINGTON – Raw beef produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. of Omaha, Neb., may be contaminated with E. coli. O157:H7, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture said in a recent public health alert.

The product subject to the public health alert includes 2-lb (approximately) trays containing raw ground beef retail labeled with “PACKED” dates ranging from Jan. 28, 2021, through Jan. 31, 2021.

Greater Omaha Packing Co. produced the beef on Jan. 14, FSIS said. The product was further processed into ground beef and sold by Art’s Food Market located in Sandwich, Ill. A recall was not requested because the affected product is no longer available for purchase, according to FSIS.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the affected products, however FSIS is concerned that some of it may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. The agency urged consumers who have purchased these products to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

Greater Omaha Packing Co. discovered the problem after finding that product associated with a sample that was positive for E. coli O157:H7 was inadvertently distributed. The company then notified FSIS about the affected product.