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Ground Beef Recalled on E. coli Fears

Ground Beef Recalled on E. coli Fears

In an earlier update, the CDC said sick people ate ground beef from several different grocery stores and restaurants and that many bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores.

The federal government says a meat company in Georgia has recalled more than 113,000 pounds of ground beef for possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. At the time, it said the outbreak involved 109 cases of illnesses in six states. The recalled product is two 24-pound vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing raw "GROUND BEEF PUCK". "51308" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The majority of the cases occurred in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, but consumers also became ill in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Virginia. However, officials say they're still testing to see whether the recalled beef is related to the outbreak. Meat impacted by the recall has the establishment number "EST".

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who underwrites Food Poisoning Bulletin, said, "This recall may be significant in the investigation of the E. coli O103 outbreak that has sickened so many people".

At this time, the CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef. The recall applies to two 24-lb vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing "ground beef puck" with use through dates ranging from April 14 through April 30.

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FSIS is telling restaurants that if they purchased this ground beef, to not serve it.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting, with some people running a low fever. Symptoms usually start 2 to 8 days after exposure.

This particular strain of E. coli is harder to identify than others.

In the epidemiologic investigation, interviews with 114 sick people found that 92 patients (81%) had eaten ground beef, a significantly higher percentage than results from a survey of healthy people found.


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