Ground beef patties sold to restaurants and other food services across the country have been recalled over concerns that they may be contaminated with E. coli. The recalled ground beef may have caused several illnesses in California and Wisconsin. E. coli O157:H7 can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea. The ground beef was produced by the Rochester Meat Co.
“To date no product produced at our plant has tested positive for E. coli,” said Neal Karels, chief operating officer at Rochester Meat Co. “As an extreme precaution in the interest of public health Rochester Meat Co. volunteered to proactively recall the ground beef.”
All ground beef should be heated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees for safety. E. coli can cause a sometimes fatal illness. The elderly, infants and children and those with a compromised immune system are most at risk. The recall includes 188,000 pounds of ground beef patties.