Multiple Illnesses Call for a Recall

WASHINGTON, US - Rochester Meat Company, of Minnesota, has taken the action to voluntarily recall approximately 188,000 pounds of ground beef products after an investigation discovered that it may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service have announced.
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The problem was discovered through an investigation initiated by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the California Department of Public Health into five illnesses in Wisconsin and one illness in California. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The ground beef products subject to recall were produced on 30 October 2007 and 6 November 2007. The products subject to recall were shipped to distributors nationwide for further distribution to restaurants and food service institutions. These products were not available for purchase by consumers in retail establishments.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhoea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

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