There’s a Massive Beef Recall Due to E. Coli

Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio are among the states under a recall.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday that 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products may be contaminated with E. coli. The recall comes from Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit.

According to the statement from the USDA, the ground beef products were produced between March 31 and April 18:

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14”. These products were shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. There was no distribution of the products to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program, or catalog/internet sales.

According to the USDA, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps two to eight days (three to four days, on average) after exposure to the organism. Most people recover within a week, but some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition is most common in children under 5-years-old. Symptoms include easy bruising and decreased urine output. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact an emergency medical care person immediately.

“Based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, 11 case-patients have been identified in four states with illness onset dates ranging from April 22, 2014 to May 2, 2014,” the report says. “FSIS continues to work with our state and federal public health partners on this investigation and provide updated information as it becomes available.”

In order to avoid illness, fresh and frozen raw meat products should be cooked to a temp of 160° F and measured with a food thermometer.

For the full list of recalled products, click here.