It is being reported that two people have died after being infected with matching strains of E. coli acquired from tainted ground beef. At least sixteen people have been infected, several of whom have been hospitalized and are critically ill.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fairbanks Farms in Ashville, New York issued a recall notice of more than 500,000 pounds of ground beef that may have been tainted by the deadly bacteria. That beef may be retailed in stores such as Trader Joe’s, Wild Harvest, B.J’s, and Giant Food stores. While most of the current victims are out of state, there is one confirmed case in California.
The packages of been that may be contaminated are printed with “EST. 492” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the label. It is being reported that the contaminated beef was packaged on September 15 and 16 and may have been labeled at the retail stores with a sell-by date of September 19 through 28.
E. coli is a dangerous infection that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. In the current outbreak, three victims are said to be in kidney failure.
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