Nearly 57 tons of ground beef for possible E coli

Nearly 57 tons of ground beef for possible E coli

Nearly 57 tons of ground beef for possible E coli

FSIS and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O103.

The outbreak has now expanded to include: Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and Minnesota. Those infected range in age from younger than 1 to 83 years old, with a median age of 19. Fifty percent of them are female.

No one is believed to have died from infection, but the CDC says it knows of at least 20 people who have been hospitalized after eating the tainted meat. No deaths or cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)-a potentially fatal kidney complication-have been reported. However, that beef has not conclusively been determined as the cause of the patients illnesses. Preliminary information shows that ground beef is the source of the outbreak, according to the agency.

Grant Park Packing is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of raw ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. More testing is under way to determine if the recalled ground beef is related to the outbreak. The Georgia company said the ground beef items were produced on March 26 and 29, and on April 2, 5, 10 and 12. "The only way to0 confirm that raw ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature".

The products bear the establishment number "EST 51308" inside the USDA inspection mark on the boxes and were shipped to distributors in Port Orange, Florida, and Norcross, Georgia, for further distribution to restaurants.

There's no established link between the product and the ongoing E. coli outbreak, according to the statement. An E. coli O103 infection is more hard to diagnose than the more common E. coli O157:H7 infection because most clinical labs do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections.

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