Beef recall: What you need to know to stay safe

Nearly two million pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated with E. coli was found in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Call 12 for Action reporter Susan Hogan joined The Rhode Show with more information on this recall.

Quick facts about the beef recall:

  • 128 facilities in Rhode Island did get the recalled beef. The Department of Health is contacting each facility individually.
  • According to officials, this strain of E. coli is a nasty organism. It causes internal bleeding, shuts down kidneys and can shut down other organs. Children are especially susceptible to getting very sick.
  • So far, 11 people in four different states have gotten sick. The onset of their illnesses developed between April 22 through May 2.
  • No one has gotten sick in Rhode Island.
  • The recalled product will have an establishment number “EST 2574B” and a production date between 3/31/14-4/18/14.

What to know to stay healthy:

  • When cooking ground beef, cook to a temperature of 160 degrees.
  • The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperatures.

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