Ground Beef Recalled After E.Coli Outbreak

More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled by a Colorado company following an outbreak where one person was killed and 17 were sickened by E. coli after eating the meat.

Cargill Meat Solutions said in a statement Thursday that all of the affected products have been removed from supermarket shelves, and food safety teams are checking the Fort Morgan facility where the meat was packaged "to ensure we continue to deliver safe food."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the meat was produced and packaged at that facility on June 21 and shipped to stores all over the country, the Associated Press reported.

The products included 3-, 10- and 20-pound packages of ground beef and sold under the brands Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms. All had a use or freeze date of July 11.

Regulators warned that people should also check for the products in their freezers. All affected products should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased, they added.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service did not release information about the people who died or became ill, the AP reported.

A smaller recall of Excel ground beef occurred in August, but no illnesses had been reported at that time, according to the wire service.

E. coli can cause sufferers to develop diarrhea and vomiting. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

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