Ground Beef Recall Prompted After E. Coli Outbreaks

    May 19, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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A ground beef recall has been announced after at least 11 documented cases of E. coli popped up across the country.

The recall affects nearly 1.8 million pounds of beef that was processed by the Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit and was announced on Monday by the federal Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety and Inspection Service. Authorities are advising consumers to only eat beef that has been cooked to at least 160 degrees.

Residents in Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Missouri have been affected by the illness, which is potentially deadly and causes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and dehydration. If left untreated, the virus can also cause kidney failure.

For a complete list of recalled products, look here.

“While none of the Wolverine Packing product has tested positive for the pathogen implicated in this outbreak, the company felt it was prudent to take this voluntary recall action in response to the illnesses and initial outbreak investigation findings,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

The FDA and CDC are reportedly working together to ensure that none of the affected product has been shipped to restaurants in the area, although a list of those eateries hasn’t been released.

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  • mum

    E. coli is a bacterium, not a virus…

    • Dik

      Was just going to say that. Do people research these things or what?

      • Frederick Schenk

        That shouldn’t need research.

  • Justin Aaron Novosad

    Whoever wrote the tweet about going vegetarian because of the outbreak is an idiot. Vegetables can just as easily carry E. coli.

    • H. Davis

      Veggies and fruit carry E. coli.This includes fungicides,herbicides,pesticides,etc,etc, It’s a religion or cult with them. Impossible to deal with them.

    • Deanna

      Also, many vegetarians substitute soy products for meat and soy is one of the most tainted foods on the planet – even the so called organic.

  • eric

    strange, we just had beef for the first time in forever and now suddenly my wife and I get sick. after having gone to the doc we have been diagnosed as having this e. coli bacteria now. very troubling

    • Dan

      Bullsh – -!!!

  • Jenny Penny

    Here’s a new plan, all owners and those who stand to profit from ‘we the people’ eating their tainted beef need to SAMPLE it first, wait a few days and then maybe I’ll consider buying their inferior product. More than likely I won’t though unless I stand to profit from their mistakes. Oh Snap!