Food & Drink

Restaurant and food truck supplier recalls 1,000 pounds of beef after finding E. coli

St. Petersburg-based Ottomanelli Wholesale Meats recalled 1,000 pounds of fresh and frozen raw beef products in a precautionary recall after company testing found E. coli (STEC) in some beef.

Though the USDA recall notice says Ottomanelli recalled 6,020 pounds of beef, Ottomanelli office manager Tommy Dietch said that’s the total amount produced from June 17 through July 11. Because their clients tend to buy weekly, Dietch said, most of that beef has been used or tossed. Only 1,000 pounds, 100 10-pound boxes or bags, of beef remain that need to be tracked down.

Those would be either Debren Foods 8-ounce beef batties; Nu Vista Foods Group 4-ounce beef patties; Ottomanelli 4-ounce, 5-ounce or 6-ounce beef patties; or a 10-pound bulk bag of fresh raw Ottomanelli Beef Patty Mix.

Dietch also said the recxall notice’s reference to “institutional use” is incorrect. Ottomanelli sells to, he said, “Mom-and-Pop restaurants, food trucks and caterers.”

Any customers with these products should call Ottomanelli at 727-328-7020.

The STEC strain of E. coli usually produces, the USDA says, “diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection.”

But HUS, the kidney failure that’s often a vicious companion to E. coli, is unlikely from this strain.