Monday, May 19, 2014

Massive beef recall in Detroit

Wolverine Packing Co., of Detroit is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef because it might cause E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning.

So far 11 people have fallen ill, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on May 12 and in conjunction with public health partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that there is a link between the ground beef products from Wolverine Packing and 11people in four states.

Based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, 11 case-patients have been identified in four states.

The first case was identified April 22, 2014, and the rest between then and May 2.

The recall applies to ground beef marketed between March 31 and April 18.

The packaging is marked with “EST. 2574B”. Most of the ground beef was sold to restaurants in Michigan, Missouri,  Massachusetts and Ohio.