August 18, 2014 — Whole Foods has issued a Class I recall for 368 pounds of ground beef after three people were infected with E. coli O157:H7, a dangerous bacteria that causes a severe and sometimes fatal type of food poisoning.
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) provided a list of recalled products.
The onset of illnesses was between June 13 and June 25, 2014. However, it was not until August that investigators determined that all of the victims ate ground beef purchased at two Whole Foods stores in Newton, Massachusetts, on Weymouth and Walnut Street.
Most of the recalled ground beef has probably already been eaten. However, some consumers may still have it in their freezers. If you purchased this product, throw it away immediately and do not consume it.
The recall was initiated after a joint investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the FSIS.
E. Coli Food Poisoning Information
E. Coli O157:H7 is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and animals, including cattle. It typically spreads to ground beef when feces from cattle comes in contact with raw beef that is not cooked thoroughly before it is consumed. Even microscopic amounts of this bacteria can cause food poisoning.
Symptoms of infection may include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and severe abdominal cramps. Healthy adults may suffer from the illness for an average of 3-4 days, but symptoms can last up to eight days. About 10% of people develop a life-threatening type of kidney damage known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
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