1.8 million pounds of beef recalled for E. coli risk

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DETROIT, Mich. — Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, there is a large beef recall you need to know about.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says stores in nine states may have received beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Eleven people across four states are suspected to have been sickened by the product, according to the USDA.

Ten of those people were sickened after eating at restaurants that received contaminated meat.

The FSIS announced earlier this week that 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products were being recalled because they could be contaminated.

The federal agency has since named five retailers that may have received the tainted products, including one store in Memphis.

They are as follows:

  • Gordon Food Service Marketplace stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. There is a location on Shelby Oaks Drive in Memphis.
  • Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida
  • Giorgio’s Italian Delicatessen in Stuart, Florida
  • M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan
  • Buchtel Food Mart in Buchtel, Ohio

Consumers should return or throw out meat that has the code EST.2574B and a production date between March 31 and April 18, 2014.

The ground beef is sold under a variety of labels, according to the USDA, but comes from Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit.

“While none of the Wolverine Packing product has tested positive for the pathogen implicated in this outbreak, the company felt it was prudent to take this voluntary recall action in response to the illnesses and initial outbreak investigation findings,” Chuck Sanger, a spokesman for Wolverine Packing, said in a statement.

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