New information on the cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses among Rhode Island students sickened through consumption of ground beef at a camp in Massachusetts, as reported on by the Rhode Island Department of Health:
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises Rhode Islanders that the South Shore Meat packing plant in Brockton has initiated a voluntary recall on certain ground beef products based on confirmed laboratory evidence of the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in leftover ground beef samples obtained from Camp Bournedale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The ground beef was tested by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) after more than 20 students and chaperones from Lincoln Middle School became ill.
Still no indication where else the ground beef may have gone, or what lot codes or production days might be involved. As a result, this ground beef may still be on shelves and in freezers in consumers’ homes.