A wholesale meat company in Michigan is currently recalling more than 350 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:NM. To date, there has been at least three illnesses linked to this nationwide recall. E. coli O157:NM is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.
McNees Ground Beef Recall Update 8/12/11: The original August 9 recall is now being expanded to include a total of 2,200 pounds of ground beef products.
Free McNees Meats Ground Beef Recall Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has become severely sickened after consuming McNees ground beef included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
August 9, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC., a North Branch, Mich., establishment is currently recalling approximately 360 pounds of ground beef that is suspected to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The specific products involved in this recall include:
- 36 – 10 lb. bags of ‘McNees Ground Beef Bulk’
The items in question were sold to restaurants in Armada, Lapeer and North Branch, Mich., and can be identified by the establishment number ‘EST. 33971’ within the USDA mark of inspection.
The FSIS was notified about the issue on August 4, and is working in conjunction with the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDCH) on the investigation. To date, at least three Michigan residents have been identified with illnesses between July 18 and July 28, 2011. If you believe you may have consumed contaminated ground beef products included in this recall, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
E. Coli Food Poisoning
E. coli is a potentially lethal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and even kidney failure. Children, senior citizens, and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to E. coli poisoning. Signs and symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- the sudden onset of abdominal pain and severe cramping
- diarrhea (which may or may not be bloody)
- bowel necrosis (tissue death)
- hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
- acute kidney failure
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Infection is typically diagnosed with a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but some develop severe infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year at least 2000 Americans are hospitalized, and about 60 die as a direct result of E. coli infection and its complications. A recent study estimated the annual cost of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses to be $405 million, which included $370 million for premature deaths, $30 million for medical care, and $5 million for lost productivity.
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