A total of 177 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from 10 states.
Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that ground beef is the likely source of this outbreak.
Ill people in this outbreak report eating ground beef at home and in restaurants.
E. coli O103 was identified in samples of ground beef collected from locations where ill people reported eating. Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain in one of these ground beef samples.
Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and other locations where ill people reported eating.
Two companies have recalled ground beef products that were sold to restaurants and institutions because they may be contaminated with E. coli O103.
Grant Park Packing in Franklin Park, Ill., recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 24, 2019.
Recalled products were sold in 40-lb. bulk cardboard boxes of “North Star Imports & Sales, LLC. 100% GROUND BEEF BULK 80% LEAN/ 20% FAT” marked “FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY” with lot code GP.1051.18 and pack dates 10/30/2018, 10/31/2018, and 11/01/2018.
Recalled products are labeled with establishment number “EST. 21781” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the boxes.
K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Ga., recalled approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 23, 2019.
Recalled products were sold in two 24-lb. vacuum-packed packages in cardboard boxes containing raw “GROUND BEEF PUCK” with “Use Thru” dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.
Recalled products are labeled with establishment number “EST. 51308” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified that could account for the whole outbreak. Other products may be recalled.
Restaurants, retailers, and institutions should not sell or serve recalled ground beef.
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