June 30, 2008

 

US retailer recalls ground beef products due to E. coli outbreak
 
 

US retail giant The Kroger Co. is recalling an unknown amount of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

 

The affected products were distributed to Kroger stores in Michigan and Columbus and Toledo, Ohio.

 

FSIS said sales of the affected products had stopped but consumers are urged to check their refrigerators and freezers and dispose or return the ground beef products for a refund.

 

Kroger initiated the recall after epidemiological probing and a case control study determined the association between the products and 32 illnesses reported in Michigan and Ohio.

 

The investigations and study were conducted by the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and even kidney failure in humans.

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