August 18, 2014 — The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a recall for 368 pounds of ground beef that were sold at Whole Foods grocery stores in Massachusetts because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
At least three people have been infected in the outbreak. The onset of illness ranges from June 13 and June 25, 2014. Because the illnesses occurred in June, it is likely that most of the recalled ground beef has been consumed. However, it is possible that some products remain in freezers.
It was not until August that additional laboratory results provided the link between the case-patients and ground beef purchased from Whole Foods.
The investigation revealed that all three patients ate ground beef that was purchased from two Whole Foods grocery stores before they god sick. Those stores were located in Newton, Massachusetts, on Weymouth and Walnut Street. The investigation was conducted by the FSIS, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
E. Coli Food Poisoning
E. coli O157:H7 can cause one of the most dangerous forms of food poisoning. Symptoms may include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and severe abdominal cramps for 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average).
Although most people recover, some develop a life-threatening kidney complication known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Symptoms include easy bruising, pale skin (pallor), and decreased urine. If you develop these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention.
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