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177 infected in E. Coli outbreak linked to ground beef

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert linking an increasing number of E. Coli infections to ground beef. So far, 177 people reported across 10 states have been infected since the beginning of March, the CDC said.

Of those 177, 21 people have been hospitalized, the agency said Friday. No deaths have been reported.

Two companies recalled their ground beef products this week due to possible E. Coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service said. Grant Park Packing in Franklin Park, Illinois, has recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products and K2D Foods in Carrollton, Georgia, has recalled approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products.

No single supplier, distributor or brand of beef has been directly connected to the outbreak.

“Ill people in this outbreak ate ground beef from many sources,” the CDC said on Friday. “Investigators continue to trace other sources for ground beef, and more product contaminated with E. coli O103 may be recalled.”
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