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Dangerous E. coli strand detected in Michigan

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall Tuesday, involving 360 pounds of ground beef in Michigan.

The USDA says the ground beef, distributed by McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC, may be contaminated with E. coli o157:H7, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young children, seniors and people with weak immune systems are most susceptible.

The USDA knows of three cases of the illness in Michigan. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is investigating the outbreak in conjunction with Michigan state public health officials.

So far, the outbreak is contained to three cities in Michigan where bulk bags of beef were sold to restaurants. The USDA is not aware of cases outside of Michigan.

To avoid foodborne illnesses from ground beef, the USDA recommends the following safety tips:

  • Wash your hands, cutting boards, dishes and utensils with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after contact with raw meat.
  • Keep raw meat away from other food that will not be cooked.
  • Only eat ground beef that has been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Color is not a reliable indication of a safe temperature. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer.
  • Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase, or one hour if environmental temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
  • Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.
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