Ground Beef Recalled on E. coli Fears

Eliseo Araujo removes ground beef patties from a conveyor belt at Ray's Wholesale Meats

The CDC is now conducting investigations into the source of the contaminated beef. The Georgia company said the ground beef items were produced on March 26 and 29, and on April 2, 5, 10 and 12.

The CDC said the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state officials are continuing their trace-back investigations to find the source of raw ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurants where the sick people ate, but so far a common distributor hasn't been found. The latter three states account for 139 of the 156 cases so far in this outbreak.

Florida just joined the E. coli outbreak with three cases while Georgia, along with Kentucky and Tennessee, has been battered from the start. "At this time, there is no definitive link between this positive product and the ongoing E. coli O103 outbreak".

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The USDA said it's anxious that some product may be in restaurant refrigerators or freezers, and it urged the establishments to not serve them, throw the products away, or to return them to the place of purchase. "21781" inside the USDA mark of inspection. However, it advises both consumers and restaurants that they should handle ground beef safely and cook it thoroughly to avoid foodborne illness.

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who underwrites Food Poisoning Bulletin, said, "This recall may be significant in the investigation of the E. coli O103 outbreak that has sickened so many people. 100% GROUND BEEF BULK 80% LEAN/ 20% FAT" marked "FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY" with lot code GP.1051.18 and pack dates 10/30/2018, 10/31/2018, and 11/01/2018. If you are eating a ground beef product at a restaurant, ask that it be cooked to 160°F.

While most strains of E. coli are harmless, some are pathogenic and can cause illness, which typically includes stomach cramps and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Testing of the restaurant's unopened packages of beef, which came from K2D Foods, was found to be contaminated with E. coli O103.

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