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Coli Outbreak from Ground Beef Expands

Coli Outbreak from Ground Beef Expands

When preparing ground beef, safety experts advise cooking it to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees fahrenheit.

An e-coli outbreak believed to be linked to ground beef has now expanded to 10 states. The patients who are sick in the E. coli O103 outbreak live in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Mississippi.

"Unopened, intact ground beef collected as part of the ongoing investigation from a restaurant location, where multiple case-patients reported dining, tested positive for E. coli O103", the recall notice said.

Since there is no single source, you are simply being encouraged to safely handle ground beef and all raw meat and cook it thoroughly to avoid food borne illness.

The ground beef involved in the recall was sent to two distributors in Florida and Georgia, and from there it was shipped to various restaurants.

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Unopened intact ground beef collected from a restaurant where numerous people sickened in the outbreak ate tested positive for E coli O103, but so far there is no definitive link between the product that tested positive and the ongoing E coli outbreak. Orange, Fla., and Norcross, Ga., which sold it to restaurants.

Federal health officials said yesterday that 47 more people have been sickened in an Escherichia coli O103 outbreak with a suspected link to ground beef, and tests are under way to determine if recalled ground beef from K2D foods is the source of the outbreak.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST".

The CDC said 20 of the victims had to be hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. It can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting for around five to seven days. Most recover within a week, but it can lead to kidney failure. An E. coli O103 infection is more hard to diagnose than the more common E. coli O157:H7 infection because most clinical labs do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections.