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CONSUMER ALERT: Health officials warn consumers that beef recall has come to Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin (WKOW)-- A massive beef recall is now affecting Wisconsin consumers. Nearly two million pounds of beef from Wolverine Packing Company in Michigan may be contaminated with E. Coli. Gordon Food Service is one of the retailers that received this recalled ground beef. The company has GFS Marketplace stores in Madison and Appleton.

The company tells 27 News the only product that is affected by the recall is their Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger Patties that come in 10-count packages. The company will refund all customers who bring in a receipt or packaging of the product. They have also posted signs at all of their stores that warn customers about the recall. Company officials have also reached out to all of their restaurant customers who use the ground beef in their establishments.

Public health officials say 11 people nationwide have gotten sick from the contaminated beef. So far there have been no reports of anyone getting sick in Wisconsin. Five of the cases are in Michigan, four cases in Ohio and one case in both Massachusetts and Missouri.

Health officials say E. Coli is a very serious food borne illness. It is known to cause digestive problems, dehydration and can be fatal if it causes your kidneys to shutdown. That's why health officials are warning everyone to be on the lookout for these products.

"E Col-i is very serious. It's a very serious illness, especially in children under the age of five, older adults, or people with weakened immune systems. It can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and dehydration," Public Health Environmental Health Services Supervisor Beth Cleary says.

Being that Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, health officials are urging anyone who might be grilling to fully cook their meat. You should always use a food thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees. Officials are also encouraging people to keep the plates and grill pans that carried your raw meat away from all other food products. The raw juices from the meat can easily contaminate nearby food and cause a food borne illness.

Gordon Food Service has released this statement regarding the recent beef recall:  
   
"GFS Marketplace stores stock one of the products that was included in the Wolverine Packaging Co. voluntary beef recall. That product is a Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger Patty, 10 count, 4lb package. The recalled product was produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014. The GFS Marketplace store reorder number is 841757."

"Upon learning of the recall, GFS Marketplace implemented standard recall procedures, which includes urgent notification to the stores with instructions to dispose of all recalled product and display a recall notice. Gordon Food Service also posted the recall notice it received from Wolverine Packaging Co. on gfs.com."

"GFS Marketplace offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on everything we sell. Any customer that purchased the Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger affected by the Wolverine Packaging Co. voluntary recall should discard any remaining product immediately. Customers will be issued a full refund of their purchase by bringing either their sales receipt or the product packaging to their local GFS Marketplace store."



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UPDATE (WKOW) --- GFS Marketplace has released a statement in regards to the recall of beef that included a product in their stores.
Here is that statement:
GFS Marketplace stores stock one of the products that was included in the Wolverine Packaging Co. voluntary beef recall. That product is a Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger Patty, 10 count, 4lb package. The recalled product was produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014. The GFS Marketplace store reorder number is 841757.

Upon learning of the recall, GFS Marketplace implemented standard recall procedures, which includes urgent notification to the stores with instructions to dispose of all recalled product and display a recall notice. Gordon Food Service also posted the recall notice it received from Wolverine Packaging Co. on gfs.com.

GFS Marketplace offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on everything we sell. Any customer that purchased the Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger affected by the Wolverine Packaging Co. voluntary recall should discard any remaining product immediately. Customers will be issued a full refund of their purchase by bringing either their sales receipt or the product packaging to their local GFS Marketplace store.

GFS also tells 27 News they have a system in place to contact any restaurant client who may have purchased the recalled product.  For personal shoppers, they do not have a way to individually contact those customers.

More on this beef recall on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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MADISON (WKOW) --- A national beef recall has now included a store in Madison, WI.

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

The store in Madison is Gordon Food Service Marketplace that also has stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Earlier this week the FSIS announced that 1.8 million pounds of beef products were being recalled.

The other retailers include the following: -- 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.

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. But federal officials say regulations prohibit them from naming those restaurants.

Click here to see recall notice.






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