According to State Health Department officials in six States, as of Monday there were reports of 1 illness each in Washington, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas and Colorado and 2 in South Dakota linked to the National State and Poultry E. coli O157:H7 beef recall linked to “mechanically-tenderized” steaks. The 1 ill person in Washington ate the steak in Nebraska.
However, according to the Michigan Department of Health and the CDC, and reported by the Tulsa World Herald this morning, there are a total of 19 ill nationwide, and, according also to a CDC spokesperson this morning, the number of States reporting illnesses is 16, not 6 as previously reported.
Those 10 States are yet unnamed as are the restaurants, or other retail outlets, that actually served the steaks that sickened the 19 people.
However, yesterday National Steak and Poultry stated that the recall of nearly 250,000 pounds of meat did not include products shipped to retailers but was limited to products sold to Moe’s, Carino’s Italian Grill and KRM restaurants in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington State, National Steak and Poultry said. KRM Restaurant Group is the parent company of 54th Street Grill & Bar, which operates 15 locations in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.