groundbeefrecall.jpgE. coli O157:H7 illnesses, particularly those associated with ground beef products, typically peak in the summer months.  In a January 2011 article, Food Safety News published an article, about a study, that asked why.  The answer given, in a nutshell, was the increased shedding of bacteria in cow feces one, among possibly many, factors, during the summer months.  Read Why Are There More E. coli Infections in Summer?

Whatever the case, the approach of summer undoubtedly has public health and industry on alert.  What kind of summer will it be? 

To date this year, only one company has recalled ground beef products due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination.  That was a 3,170 pound ground beef product recall by American Food Services, from Pico Rivera, California.  No illnesses were reported as a result of the contamination. 

Last year’s tally of ground beef E. coli recalls and outbreaks, totalled over 5 million pounds: