The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service has stated that it is withdrawing 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products after fear that they could be contaminated with E.Coli.
The recalled food products were produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014 by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, Michigan, and were shipped to distributors who sold the stuff to different Restaurants in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. You can get the complete list of products which has been suspect and is being recalled at the FSIS website.
Ongoing investigation has unearthed 11 persons who have become ill after consuming the products. FDID officials have stated that it is working in close conjunction with state and federal public health authorities on this investigation and is continuously updating the information as they are becoming available. The recall of the products is being followed up very seriously and has been categorized as a Class I health hazard which in other words means that consumption of the product will lead to adverse health consequences or even death.
FSIS has also stated that E.coli is a very hazardous pathogen and can cause ailments such as bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration and even renal failure. The very young, geriatrics and persons with compromised immune system are particularly vulnerable.
FDID has advised the general public to consume ground beef that has been cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 160°F.