E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer: Raw ground beef recalled – possible link to e. coli outbreak
Approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions may be linked to the growing e. coli outbreak has been recalled because it is potentially contaminated with that same e. coli. The FDA advises that it is continuing to investigate to determine the source of the growing number of illnesses across ten states; however, ground beef has been cited as a potential cause for the e. coli outbreak.
K2D Foods, which does business as Colorado Premium Foods, has recalled the approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products that were produced on March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10, and April 12, 2019. Colorado Premium Foods is based in Carrolton, Georgia. The state of Georgia has been one of the hardest hit in the e. coli outbreak, with 33 people illnesses reported at last count.
The company has recalled products shipped in two 24-lb. vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing raw “GROUND BEEF PUCK” with “Use Thru” dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19. The products were shipped to distributors in Ft. Orange, Florida, and Norcross, Georgia. Those distributors then sent the potentially contaminated raw ground beef products to restaurants.
The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Tennessee Department of Health have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O103. Unopened, intact ground beef collected as part of the ongoing investigation from a restaurant location where multiple people who became ill reported dining have tested positive for E. coli O103.
Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 STEC, such as O103 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157:H7. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after exposure to the organism.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in refrigerators or freezers of restaurants. Restaurants that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
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