Announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday (19 May), the recall covers ground beef products which were produced between 31 March 2014 and 18 April 2014.
The FSIS was notified of illnesses from E.coli O157:H7 earlier this month and has worked in conjunction with public health partners from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a link between the reported illness and the products from Wolverine Packing Company.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium, which can also cause a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
In other news, Transatlantic Foods Inc in New York has been forced to recall 449,000 pounds of pork products due to misbranding. The products recalled include bacon, fresh and dried sausage, which feature labels with false no-antibiotic claims. The FSIS said it is investigating the case.