On the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it was investigating an E. coli outbreak, KD2 Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, issued a recall for approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli.

In its announcement, the CDC said that 156 people have become ill from an E. coli outbreak across 10 states that are being investigated. A total of 20 people have been hospitalized. The source of the E. coli outbreak is still being investigated, the CDC said.

The contaminated raw ground beef that has been recalled by Colorado Premium Foods was produced on March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10, and April 12. It has an establishment number of EST. 51308 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The recall includes two 24-pound vacuum packed packages in cardboard boxes that contain raw Ground Beef Puck. It has Use Thru dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.

The affected ground beef was distributed in Ft. Orange, Florida, and Norcross, Georgia, for use in restaurants. Labels of the recalled ground beef can be viewed here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging restaurants to check their refrigerators and freezers for the contaminated beef. The recalled meat should not be served and should either be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers that are infected with E. coli may develop diarrhea that can often be bloody and may have vomiting. Most people recover from the illness in a week. The illness can be more severe in children under five-years-old, elderly adults, and those with a weakened immune system. Symptoms may also include bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.

Anyone that is concerned about an E. coli illness from the recalled meat should seek medical treatment immediately.

According to the FSIS, raw meat should always be cooked to a temperature of 160°F to ensure that all harmful bacteria are killed prior to consuming it.

Consumers with questions about the ground beef recall can contact Ashley Barnes, customer service director at Colorado Premium Foods at 970-313-4400.

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