Contaminated Ground Beef Linked to E. Coli O157:H7 Outbreak

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This Food Safety Infosheet covers a ground beef recall after 11 people became ill due to E. coli.


  • Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit has issued a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products marked with the establishment number of EST.2574B.
  • 11 ill including (2 hospitalizations) after eating at restaurants that served recalled beef.
  • Cook all ground beef products (fresh and frozen) to 155ºF for 15 seconds or 160ºF. Use a tip-sensitive digital thermometer to check that food has reached a safe temperature.
  • Communicate the risks of consuming undercooked beef to restaurant patrons. The information should include messages about consequences and pathogens.

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