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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Costco recalls ground beef due to E. coli

Costco is recalling lean fresh ground beef that was sold to 342 customers at its Coon Rapids location last month because the product could be contaminated with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, NaijaAgroNet report.
NaijaAgroNet gathered from the U.S. Department of Agriculture  that the recall affects 383 units of 88 per cent lean fresh ground beef sold between September  4 and September  7 and added that one person became ill late last month from E. coli O157: H7, and Minnesota officials confirmed a link to the ground beef.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health are continuing to investigate the contaminated product, while officials said Costco has been trying to reach customers who purchased the ground beef.
NaijaAgroNet records that E.coli is short for the medical term Escherichia coli, a common type of bacteria that can get into food, like beef and vegetables. E. coli O157:H7 can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Older adults and children under five are more likely to suffer from complications from the illness, which can lead to kidney failure.

*With additional report from Minnesota Public Radio

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