According to Georgia Public Radio, several Moultrie residents have been infected with a harmful strain E. coli O157:H7, according to local health officials.‚Ä®‚Ä® The common link in all the cases is the consumption of meat supplied by Nebraska Beef limited. The company has recalled five million pounds of beef because of suspected E. coli contamination. Attorney Bill Marler is suing the company, and he says he expects even more recalls to be issued across the country as a result of the outbreak in Georgia.‚Ä®‚Ä®
"Retail outlets, whether it be Kroger or whomever, has an obligation to pull that product."
"The ground beef that was tested from the restaurant has been confirmed to be positive for the e-coli," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, S.W. Georgia Public Health Director.
The Health Department says the Barbecue Pit Restaurant makes its own hamburger meat. The contaminated beef in the sample has been traced to sirloin steak supplied by a middleman who is saying that it acquired beef products from Nebraska Beef.