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E.Coli Scare Larger Than First Thought

Federal officials say they’ve determined that ground beef possibly contaminated from E.coli came from Michiganpacking plant and was shipped only to restaurants in four states.  Now, however, it looks like some of the tainted beef could be in our freezers at home.

Consumers asked to check personal purchases now

MLive.com says those wth the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are asking consumers now to check recent purchases to see if they were part of the recalled shipments.

The beef, that may have been contaminated with a deadly strain of bacteria, has an establishment number EST. 2574B and a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MMDD14″ between March 31 and April 18th of this year.

Eleven people have become ill with the majority of them in Michigan.

Normally, thorough cooking is advised when using ground beef to kill off any potential bacteria, but inspectors say packages of the recalled items should not be eaten under any circumstances.  They advise taking it back to the place it was purchased for a refund or throwing the beef out.

Additional information can be found on the Agriculture Department’s website, www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls

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