Several frozen beef products produced in Canada and sold in Illinois (among other states), are being pulled due to a risk of E. coli contamination.

E. coli contamination is nothing you want to mess with, so the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an immediate recall.

The USDA says that beef manufacturing trimmings from May 27 and May 30, 2019, imported from Canada and which are subject to a recall were used to produce other raw, non-intact beef products distributed for sale. The companies that produced the products have been alerted.

Maybe it's just me, but the term "beef manufacturing trimmings" just doesn't really fire up the appetite.

Here's what the USDA has to say:

The following products are part of the recall and were distributed in Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont:

- 10 lbs. cardboard box bulk raw frozen ground beef gyros labeled "DEVANCO FOODS CHICAGO'S FAVORITE" GYROS SLICES (STRIPS), case code 159 19
- 10 lbs. cardboard box bulk raw frozen ground beef gyros labeled "KRONOS HALAL GYROS STRIPS" HALAL CERTIFIED BEEF GYROS UNCOOKED, IQF STRIPS, case code 19 159
- 8-patty cardboard boxes of "ZIYAD PREMIUM QUALITY Beef Hamburger Patties," case code 911541.021541
- 8-kabob cardboard boxes of "ZIYAD PREMIUM QUALITY Uncooked Kufta Kabob," case code 911154.021154

- 8 lbs. cardboard box bulk raw frozen ground beef patties labeled "Shop Right 100% PURE QUARTER POUND Ground Beef Hamburgers," sell by date of 060720
- 3 lbs. cardboard box raw frozen ground beef patties labeled "Shop Right 100% PURE Ground Beef Hamburgers," sell by date of 060720
- 2 lbs. cardboard box raw frozen ground beef patties "LANDIS BRAND 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 8 Quarter Pound Patties," sell by date of 060720

The USDA points out that if you happen to have any of these products, do not serve or consume them. They recommend that you either throw them out, or return them to the store you purchased them from.

Just don't mess with E. coli: