In a rapidly expanding food poisoning recall that has been linked to tainted ground beef products, at least 11 people in four states have been diagnosed with E. coli, a severe foodborne illness. The ground beef suspected to have caused the outbreak was processed by a packing company in Detroit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Signs and symptoms of E. coli food poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and in severe cases, a form of kidney disease known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
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E. Coli Recall Expands Nationwide
May 22, 2014 – A massive recall of potentially contaminated ground beef products has expanded to include distributors and restaurants across the U.S., yet it is still unclear as to which establishments may have received them.
What is known is that Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Company has issued a nationwide recall for nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef after the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) determined the product may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. Hamburger affected by this recall was processed between March 31st and April 18th, and shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio to be used in restaurants.
To date, FSIS has received 11 reports of people diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning after eating hamburger produced by Wolverine Packing. The ground beef in question bears the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and a production date code reading “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” Click here for a complete list of recalled products.
What is E. Coli?
Escherichia coli, or E. coli for short, is a form of bacteria that causes severe cramps and diarrheal illness. There are a number of different forms of E. coli bacteria, most of which are relatively harmless to humans. However, certain strains can cause bloody diarrhea, anemia, kidney failure, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and even death. E. coli infection is more common during the summer months and in northern states.
E. Coli Symptoms
The main signs of E. coli infection include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Stomach cramps
Some people with E. coli food poisoning may not experience any of these symptoms. Children and the elderly are more likely than adults to present symptoms of the illness. Symptoms typically begin three to four days after the patient comes in contact with the bacteria. Most people tend to get better in about one week. Oftentimes, patients with E. coli don’t see a doctor, and never know for sure what caused their illness. When E. coli causes serious problems with the blood or kidneys, symptoms may include:
- Pale skin
- Passing small amounts of urine
Do I Have an E Coli Lawsuit?
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