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19 Ill in 16 States due to Mechanically Tenderized Steaks Tainted with E. coli O157:H7

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 that actually served the steaks that sickened the 19 people.