Recalled Beef May Have Been Sent To 10 States

Recalled Beef May Have Been Sent To 10 States

CREATED May 23, 2014
DETROIT - Federal food safety officials said ground beef recalled by a Detroit business may have been sent to stores in 10 states, including Tennessee and Kentucky.

According to an announcement Thursday, the U.S. agriculture department's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it has reason to believe recalled beef was also sent to retail outlets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Wolverine Packing Co. announced Monday it was recalling 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

The retail distribution list for the ground beef includes GFS Marketplace stores run by Grand Rapids-based food service distributor. In Tennessee, GFS has stores in Brentwood, Clarksville, Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro. GFS also has a store in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The products bear the establishment number "EST. 2574B" and will have a production date code in the format "Packing Nos: MM DD 14" between "03 31 14" and "04 18 14." However, NewsChannel 5 has learned that none of the tainted products were sold or distributed in Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health has also said there have been no illnesses reported in the state.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said 11 illnesses have been identified in four states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The illness onset dates range from April 22 to May 8. No deaths have been reported.

E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea and diarrhea, as well as other complications.

The USDA said their list may not include all stores that received the recalled beef. As the investigation continues, more stores may be added. Also, some stores on the list may not have actually received the recalled product.

The FSIS has also said the meat had been distributed to some restaurants but is not required to tell consumers which restaurants.

If you plan on grilling this upcoming holiday weekend, here are some tips from the USDA on how to properly handle and cook ground beef.
  • To prevent the spread of bacteria, store ground beef in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after purchasing it.
  • Be sure to wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces when handling ground beef to avoid spreading harmful bacteria.
  • Don't put cooked hamburgers on the same platter that held the raw patties unless you wash the platter again.
  • To destroy harmful bacteria, cook ground beef to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit as measured with a food thermometer.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers immediately. Illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them.
For more information about the recall and specific product information, go to http://on.nc5.co/1jdcYAt.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)