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Recalled Beef Possibly Tainted with E. Coli Used in Mass. Restaurants

Michigan-based Wolverine Packing Company recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef.

The Wolverine Packing Company, which recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef possibility contaminated with E. coli. Credit: Wolverine Packing Company
The Wolverine Packing Company, which recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef possibility contaminated with E. coli. Credit: Wolverine Packing Company
A huge batch of ground beef that federal authorities said may have given a dozen people E. coli was used in Massachusetts restaurants.

The Michigan-based Wolverine Packing Company recalled 1.8 million pounds of beef that was produced between March 31 and April 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

NBC News reported the recall was announced after 11 people in four unidentified states were infected with E. coli.

The affected packaged products have the establishment number "EST. 2574B" and have a production date code in the format "Packing Nos: MM DD 14" between "03 31 14" and "04 18 14."

The products were shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, officials said.

E. coli can be fatal in some cases. It causes dehydration, nausea, bloody diarrhea and, abdominal cramping.

Authorities said beef cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees will kill E. coli and other bacteria.
Holly Pearson May 20, 2014 at 07:08 AM
Just to be clear - E. coli is poop. The only truly safe meat is no meat at all. For the animals, it's especially true.
MamaFitzy May 20, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Telling us restaurants would be helpful!
Patricia DpTro May 21, 2014 at 06:07 AM
Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. You may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults can develop a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

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