Ground Beef Recalled on E. coli Fears

Daniel Fowler
April 25, 2019

To avoid the contagion, the CDC advises people to wash their hands, cook meats thoroughly, avoid cross-contamination of food preparation areas, wash fruits and vegetables, avoid unpasteurized dairy products and juices and don't prepare food for others when you are sick.

"At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified", the CDC wrote in an update issued Tuesday.

The majority of the cases occurred in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, but consumers also became ill in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Virginia.

Georgia and Kentucky's reports of E. coli cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 26, started the CDC and USDA investigation of the outbreak. It was collected from a Tennessee restaurant as part of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST".

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A Georgia-based company is recalling 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef linked to a multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 150 people.

A meat thermometer should reach at least 160 degrees fahrenheit for cooked ground beef. Orange, Fla., and Norcross, Ga., which sold it to restaurants.

No deaths have been reported but 20 people have been hospitalized after they were infected with the strain E. coli O103 since March 1, the CDC said on its website. However, officials say they're still testing to see whether the recalled beef is related to the outbreak. It can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting for around five to seven days.

The agency is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef at this time.

Some people with a STEC infection may suffer more serious symptoms, including a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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