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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