E. Coli Worries Prompt New York Ground Beef Recall

E. coli worries have prompted a recall of more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products made by Alex & George Wholesale, Inc., a Rochester, New York firm. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), routine sample testing has revealed that the recalled ground beef products may be tainted with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli O157:H7

. The recalled ground beef products were produced on April 29 and distributed to restaurants in western New York.

The products involved in this recall include:

* 10-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF”
* 10-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand ‘HOT SAUCE’ SPECIAL BLEND”
* 25-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF”
* 30-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF”
* 10-pound case of (3-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* 10-pound case of (5-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* 10-pound case of “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* 10-pound case of (6-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* Cases containing 48, 4.25-ounce”A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS'”
* Cases containing 48, 5-ounce “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* Cases containing 48, 5-ounce (4-1) “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES”
* Cases containing 48, 5-ounce “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS.’

According to the USDA

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, the recalled packages of ground beef were packed in 10, 15, 25, and 30-pound shipping cases which bear the establishment number “EST. 4553″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The (3-1), (4-1), (5-1) and (6-1) refers to the number of portions per one pound.

E. coli is a bacterium that occurs naturally in the intestines of most animals, including humans. Most types of the bacteria are harmless, but the E. coli 0157:H7 strain can be particularly dangerous to people. The symptoms of E. coli poisoning usually occur within 3 to 9 days after a victim eats contaminated foods. E. coli 0157:H7 causes a disease called hemorrhagic colitis, which is the sudden onset of stomach pain and severe cramps. This is followed by diarrhea that is watery and bloody. Sometimes there is vomiting, but there is no fever. The illness lasts about a week.

While most people will recover completely, E. coli poisoning can be very dangerous for children, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system. In some cases, E. coli 0157:H7 will cause a disorder called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), E. coli 0157:H7 is responsible for sickening 73,000 people every year, and of those, 60 will die from the disease.

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