1.8 Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled For Possible E.Coli Contamination

Planning to get a juicy hamburger for lunch today? Some of you may change your mind after reading this. Nearly two million pounds of ground beef products were recalled today because of possible E.Coli contamination.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service announced the recall of more than 1.8 million pounds of ground beef shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

The meat, which were produced from March 31 to April 18, may be contaminated with E.Coli O157:H7, a potentially deadly bacteria that causes dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps after exposure.

The recall was initiated after FSIS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a link between the ground beef products from Wolverine Packing Company in Michigan and an illness cluster. So far there have been 11 reported cases of E.Coli-related illness in four states.

The meat was not distributed to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or catalog/internet sales, FSIS reports.

The full list [PDF] of recalled products include the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and the production code “Packing Nos: MM DD 14″ between “03 31 14″ and “04 18 14″.

Michigan Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 [U.S. Department of Agriculture]