Cases of E. coli have been reported in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida, according to the CDC.
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 meat is in 48-pound boxes labeled "ground beef puck" for institutional use.
K2D recalled the ground beef, which had been on the dates March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10, and April 12, after some of the product tested positive for E. coli O103.
A Georgia company is recalling over 113,000 pounds of ground beef after receiving reports that it might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli that could cause significant illnesses.
The CDC said 20 people have been hospitalized in connection with the E. coli outbreak, but no deaths have been reported.
The cases include people who've eaten the beef since March 1, the agency said, but no supplier, distributor or brand of beef has been identified.
The CDC is now conducting investigations into the source of the contaminated beef.
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. Orange, Florida, and Norcross, Georgia, which sent it to restaurants. However, no cases of kidney failure have been reported in connection with this outbreak, officials say.
The symptoms of an E. coli infection include painful and severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea that may be bloody, and vomiting.
The recall notice then reminds consumers to "safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F". Most people recover in five to seven days.
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