Anyone who believes they have beef that falls under the recall should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase, according to the USDA.
The possible E. coli contamination was discovered during traceback activities in response to random sample testing conducted by FSIS, officials said.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most people who are exposed to the organism recover within a week, but some people develop a potentially deadly type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, according to health officials. The condition often surfaces about a week after infection symptoms present and include the loss of pink color in the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids, easy bruising and a decreased frequency of urination.
The USDA recommended anyone who experiences such symptoms seek medical care.