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October 4, 2002
E.coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigations
In conjunction with state and federal health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been monitoring two outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 infections.
Samples of ground beef recovered from patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York have tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7; an epidemiological investigation to assess ground beef exposure among other patients is ongoing. Based on a trace-back investigation conducted by Minnesota health officials and the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), EMMPACK Foods of Milwaukee voluntarily recalled 416,000 pounds of fresh and frozen ground beef products on September 27. These products were distributed to retail markets in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and institutional foodservice customers nationwide. On October 2, this recall was expanded to encompass approximately 2.8 million pounds of ground beef products distributed to retail markets and institutional foodservice customers nationwide. Detailed information for the expanded recall can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/recalls/rnrfiles/rnr086-2002.htm.
If you have questions about whether ground beef you purchased was included in this recall, please contact the grocer or butcher from whom it was purchased. State and federal health officials are working actively through CDC's PulseNet to determine whether additional cases in other states may be related to this outbreak.
Persons who wish to reduce their risk of infection with E. coli O157:H7 should
For more information about reducing your risk of foodborne illness, visit CDC's website at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/foodborneinfections_g.htm, US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov or the Partnership for Food Safety Education at: For more advice on cooking ground beef, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/topics/gb.htm.
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This page last updated October 4, 2002
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