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Ohio and Michigan E. coli Outbreak Linked To Nebraska Beef

Well guess what, you sue a church and lightening strikes you – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., is now, not only responsible for sickening a bunch of people at a church picnic and killing one church lady, but also is now responsible for a new Class 1, High Health risk recall of 531,707 pounds of "ground beef components" that were contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a few moments ago.

The E. coli O157:H7 tainted Nebraska Beef was discovered by FSIS through traceback investigations and ground beef samples collected from two federally inspected establishments positive for E. coli O157:H7, as well as multiple samples of Kroger brand ground beef positive for E. coli O157:H7, with matching pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns.

Kroger brand ground beef samples were collected by the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health from patients in Michigan and Ohio. Nebraska Beef, Ltd., was identified as a common supplier to those stores in addition to two federally inspected establishments where FSIS obtained a positive ground beef sample that was matched to the outbreak strain identified in Michigan and Ohio.

The epidemiological investigations and a case control study conducted by the Michigan and Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that there is an association between the ground beef products and 35 illnesses reported in Michigan (17) and Ohio (18). The illnesses were linked through the epidemiological investigation and by their PFGE pattern, or DNA fingerprint, found in PulseNet, a database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Matt

    So happy I found this blog. I just finished reading “Fast Food Nation” and I just saw that Kroger’s is being sued in Cincinnati over this.
    The more I read about the status of our food supply the more outraged I get. E. coli O157:H7 kills kids, and I have one that I’m rather fond of. She loves her hamburgers too.
    Question (and I’ll do some research myself) but who is Nebraska Beef Ltd.? Are they a big player?

  • louise coldiron

    IT MAKES ME SO MAD WHY IN THE WORLD ISNT MEAT ISNTCHECKED. ARE THEY SO BUSY TO PUT IT OUT ON MARKET BEFORE CHECKING THE PRODUCT. I HAVE VERY PRESCIOUS GRANDCHILDREN AND GOD FORBID SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THEM BECAUSE ON ECOLI. LIFE HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT THIS MESS.MY DAUGHTER GOT REALLY SICK LAST WEEK . THANK GOD THE KIDS DIDNT EAT IT. MY DAUGHTER WAS SICK FOR TWO DAYS, COME ON PEOPLE LETS GET THIS STOPPED;BEFORE ITS TO LATE.YOU JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO EAT ANYMOREIT SCARES YOU WHEN YOU TAKE A BITE OF FOOD.SO IHOPE SOMETHING IS DONE AND FAST.SIGNED A VERY WORRIED GRANDMOTHER

  • Troy Evans

    I was victim of the E coli 0157:H7 got sick june 20th due to eating at Moultrie Ga Resturant. Faye Bryant a close friend is in critical condition and unconcious in ICU unit due to the HUS complications of E coli also two other Moultrie ladies are also in the ICU unit also of E coli and complications. I have been sick before but never ever this sick and this is indeed a deadly infection. pray you never encounter this bacteria. God Bless Troy Evans Moultrie Ga.