Warning About Food Borne Illness Linked To Ground Beef Consumption

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Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, issued a warning about E. coli O157:H7, a specific strain of E. coli, associated with the consumption of some beef trim meat used to make ground beef.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that a Minnesota company has recalled 117,500 pounds of beef trim products due to possible contamination. The beef trim products were used to make ground beef including fresh beef patties, fresh or frozen meatloaf and ground chili meat.

The trim was produced on March 27, 2007 and was shipped to distributors and retail outlets in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois. Because these products later became ground beef sold under many different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall. The possible contamination was discovered by the Minnesota Department of Health as part of an illness investigation.

"To date there are no cases in Illinois of anyone becoming sick with E. coli after eating these recalled ground beef products," said Dr. Whitaker. "We advise consumers should only eat ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe temperature of 160

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