E.Coli outbreak expands to 10 states, including Indiana

Eliseo Araujo removes ground beef patties from a conveyor belt at Ray's Wholesale Meats

CDC: At least 156 people in 10 states sickened by E. coli linked to ground beef

An e-coli outbreak believed to be linked to ground beef has now expanded to 10 states. The "Use Thru" dates on the product are 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.

"Given the numbers of people sickened with E. col iO103 and the number of states involved, I expect the scope of the recall to expand in the coming hours", he said in a statement sent to USA TODAY. "51308" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the boxes.

Experts at the CDC say that number could go up as no single source or supplier has been identified as the source and illness reports typically take two to three weeks to reach them. The patients who are sick in the E. coli O103 outbreak live in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Mississippi. However, no cases of kidney failure have been reported in connection with this outbreak, officials say.

Meanwhile, Colorado Premium Foods recalled more than 113,000 pounds of raw ground beef products due to possible E. Coli contamination, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday in a statement. Most people recover in five to seven days. "No one should get sick just because they ordered a burger at a restaurant". As of Tuesday, the agency has not recommended that people refrain from eating ground beef, but instead stressed that "consumers and restaurants should handle ground beef safely and cook it thoroughly to avoid foodborne illness".

Numerous infected people had bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores and used the meat to make dishes like spaghetti sauce and Sloppy Joes, the agency said. If you are eating a ground beef product at a restaurant, ask that it be cooked to 160°F.

People infected with the strain develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Symptoms usually start 2 to 8 days after exposure. Testing of the restaurant's unopened packages of beef, which came from K2D Foods, was found to be contaminated with E. coli O103.

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