The problem, according to the USDA, was discovered on Oct. 30 when a sample tested positive for the bacteria. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of illness connected with the recall.
Beef with the following labels should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase:
80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100.
80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100.
60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560.
60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160.
60-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130.
80-lb. (approximate weight) boxes of "Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)" with Sell By Date 11-03-2015 and case code 63100.
See statistics from cases of E. coli deaths reported in the US:
E. coli is potentially deadly -- especially to children under 5 and senior citizens -- and causes dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps within two to eight days of exposure to the organism.
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ELIOT, ME - MAY 26: Kyler Dove, a seventh grader at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot, stops to take a drink from one of the 11,520 water bottles donated to the school Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Cumberland Farms. Home Depot and Hannaford have also made donations to the school as it manages the current E coli scare. (Photo by Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2014, a sign in the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island, Wash., cautions residents to boil water before drinking it. On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 Mercer Island water samples tested clean of E. coli for a fourth consecutive day, but the boil water advisory still stands, officials said. (AP Photo/Doug Esser)
PORTLAND, OR - MAY 23: A shopper looks for bottled water on nearly empty shelves at a New Seasons Supermarket May 23, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Oregon health officials ordered Portland to issue a boil-water alert after three separate samples tested positive for E. coli, a bacterium that can cause severe gastrointestinal illness. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
Jack Kurtz, 10, right, and mother Paula Gillett pose for portrait in their Rockford, Illinois home, November 5, 2009. Jack recovered from a food-borne illness last year. The source of the E. coli that hospitalized him was never determined. (Photo by Lane Christiansen/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Madison Sedbrook, 6, right, and her mother Cindy are in their home at Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. Madison's parents are suing because she got e coli from eating raw cookie dough recalled by Nestle. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Melissa Herzog and her eleven years old daughter Lauren pose for a photograph, May 17, 2008 in their house in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Herzog, whose daughter spent two months in the hospital after her kidneys failed because of E. coli poisoning, is one of the families suing Organic Pastures over the 2006 outbreak that health officials determined was probably caused by raw milk from the dairy. (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
Alyssa Chrobuck, who was hospitalized with E. coli during the 1993 Jack in the Box outbreak. displays a few of the many medications she takes and a photo of her as a child in her hospital bed Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, in Seattle. Now 20, Chrobuck has a host of unusual health problems that she says her doctors have attributed to that illness. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
** FOR RELEASE MONDAY, JUNE 9--FILE ** In this , Friday, Oct. 5, 2007 file photograph, an employee walks past loading bays at the Topps Meat Co. plant in Elizabeth, N.J. Documents obtained by The Associated Press and interviews show that the now-defunct company cut back on testing for E. coli and disregarded sanitary issues, but also that federal food inspectors overlooked crucial evidence that Topps used risky processing procedures and operated under a flawed food safety plan. (AP Photo/Mike Derer,file)
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Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, to oppose a Farm Bill amendment that would eliminate a 40-year-old protection in the meat and poultry inspection acts and increase the risk of food borne illnesses. At right is a photograph of Alex, Donley, 6, who died of E.coli poisoning. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 21: A BJ's Wholesale Club awaits customers on February 21, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, the giant wholesaler announced a voluntary recall of prepackaged Wellsley Farms mushrooms, due to possible trace amounts of E.coli. No cases of the illness have been reported. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
A worker harvests romaine lettuce in Salinas, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007. Government regulators never acted on calls for stepped-up inspections of leafy greens after last year's deadly E. coli spinach outbreak, leaving the safety of America's salads to a patchwork of largely unenforceable rules and the industry itself, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
**FILE** In this July 30, 2007 file photo, shoppers walk past displays of produce at the Whole Foods in Cambridge, Mass. Nebraska Beef Ltd. is recalling 1.2 million pounds of beef because the products may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Some of Nebraska Beef's products were sold by Whole Foods Market, which also announced a recall Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. A Whole Foods spokeswoman said it had received reports that seven people in Massachusetts and two people in Pennsylvania who shopped at Whole Foods Market became ill. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
People read the sign on the door that says this Taco Bell restaurant in South Plainfield, N.J., is closed Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. An outbreak of E. coli bacterial infections in central New Jersey has grown to 19 confirmed cases, a health official said Monday. At least 11 of them ate at this Taco Bell restaurant in South Plainfield, and authorities were expected to finish tests on restaurant workers Monday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A sign is seen in the drive through of a Taco Bell store in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Taco Bell ordered the removal of green onions from its 5,800 restaurants nationwide Wednesday after samples appeared to have a harsh strain of E. coli. All 15 Taco Bell restaurants in Philadelphia voluntarily closed Wednesday following a recommendation by the city's Department of Public Health. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People are seen as they dine at a Taco Bell restaurant in South Plainfield, N.J., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. All but four of Taco Bell's 86 New Jersey restaurants were back in business Tuesday even as the fast-food chain and health officials across the country attempted to determine what caused an outbreak of E. coli that sickened scores of customers in four states. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A worker walks by a fresh spinach display, at left, at at fresh produce market in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Growers and marketers are concerned that the country's estimated $374 million spinach business will not recover following the recent E. coli outbreak that killed three people and sickened nearly 200 others. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A spinach field is seen in San Juan Bautista, Calif., Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. Experts say the discovery of deadly E-coli bacteria in cow manure near a Salinas Valley spinach field is showing how difficult it is to police an area where vegetable farms, ranches and expanding subdivisions all compete for space.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Produce is shown at a grocery store, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, in downtown Cleveland. The tainted spinach scare over an E. coli outbreak leaves salad lovers, and restaurants, with fewer choices when cooking or eating out. The outbreak has spread to at least 21 states including Ohio, where the death of a 23-month-old girl is under investigation. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
** FILE ** In this undated photo provided by KPVI-TV, Kyle Algood, 2, is shown. Algood died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, in a Utah hospital from kidney failure attributed to contaminated spinach, health officials confirmed Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/KPVI-TV via The Idaho State Journal)
** FILE ** Maple-glazed smoked ham sit on racks as workers process roast beef at the Dietz & Watson plant in Philadelphia in this April 22, 2004, file photo. White anti-bacterial foam is seen on the floor. The first major changes to food inspection in a decade will increase federal scrutiny of meat and poultry plants where the danger from E. coli and other germs is high or where past visits have found unsafe practices. The new policy will result in fewer inspections at plants with lower risks and better records for handling meat and poultry. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
** FILE ** This file photo from June 7, 2000 shows beef sides hanging in a chilling room at the Excel slaughterhouse in Schuyler, Neb., Wednesday June 7, 2000. In the summer months, as many as one in every two cows processed at the Excel plant carry the deadly E. Coli 0157:H7 bacteria, but before the plant's meat reaches consumers, the cattle and their carcasses are put through a state-of-the-art system of scrubbing, washes, rinses and steam-pasteurization designed to remove most, if not all, of the bacteria.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)