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AbledALERT banner shows clear plastic containers of ground beef stacked on top of each other. A headline over the photo reads: Largest recall in 6 years. The main headline reads: Ground beef recall linked to deadly E.coli 0157:H7 Expands nation-wide.

“This strain of E.coli is one of the most hazardous”

It began days ago with a recall of almost 2 million pounds of ground beef processed at the Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit and sold throughout 12 states. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has labeled the recall ‘Class 1’ and expanded it to include restaurant distributors across the country making it the largest recall of this strain of E.coli since 2008.

The original recall was prompted by E.coli outbreaks in four states – Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts and Ohio, that began popping up between April 22 and May 2. The USDA now says contaminated meat may have been shipped to a total of 12 states, so it’s added Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin to the list. The tainted meat was likely sold in stores from the end of March to the beginning of May, making it possible that most of the inventory has been sold off and turning the worry towards affected packages that may be in consumer’s fridges ready to be thawed and grilled for the U.S. Memorial Day weekend.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Class 1 designation is given to “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death”.

The E.coli 0157:H7 strain is particularly notorius because of the devastating impact it can have. At best, its toxins, especially the Shiga (Vero) toxin, can trigger nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and  bloody diarrhea as they are secreted in the digestive tract.

At worst, children and the elderly can be at risk for anemia, dehydration, renal failure, spontaneous bleeding and organ failure, often leading to permanent disability or death.

 

Photo shows a white refrigerated panel truck outside one of the loading bays at the Wolverine Packing Company Distribution Plant in Detroit on a sunny day.

 Photo: NY Daily News / Brandy Baker /AP

SAFETY TIPS

WASH YOUR HANDS after going to the toilet, especially if you’re in the foodservice industry. E.coli is contagious and is spread from the fecal matter of infected humans and animals. 

THROW OUT FROZEN HAMBURGER if it matches the affected label codes shown in the right hand column of this page. Freezers do not kill E.Coli.

COOK BURGERS TO AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF 160 degrees F. / 71.1 degrees C. which will kill the E.coli bacteria in the meat.

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AFFECTED LABEL CODES

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”

LIST OF STORES THAT ARE PART OF THE RECALL

Nation-wide, State-wide or Area-Wide Distribution:

Gordon Food Service Marketplace: Stores in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, WI

FLORIDA:

1 Surf N Turf Market,  6408 US Hwy 27 S Sebring, FL
2 Giorgio’s Italian Deli, 132 SW Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL

GEORGIA:

1 Blairsville Seafood Market 121-A Murphy Hwy Blairsville, GA

MICHIGAN:

1 M Sixty Six General Store, 5900 N State Rd, Orleans, MI

NORTH DAKOTA:

1 Bronson’s Super Valu, 201 West Main, Beulah, ND
2 Jason’s Super Foods, 324 Main St, New Town, ND

OHIO:

1 Buchtel Food Mart, 5220 SR 78, Buchtel, OH

TENNESSEE:

1 Quick Stop, 1107 Jackson Love Hwy, Erwin, TN
2 Virginia Market, 540 Loyston Rd., Maynardville, TN
3 Barger Foods, 2616 Eugenia Avenue, Nashville, TN

VIRGINIA:

1 Virginia Heights Travel Store, 1009 N 4th St, Wytheville, VA

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