Updated Monday --- January 14, 2008 -- 11:00am
Meat company recalls beef after 5 illnesses reported in Wisconsin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota meatpacker has recalled about 188,000 pounds of ground beef patties and some other products because of E. coli bacteria concerns.
The US Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Rochester Meat Company issued the recall after 5 illnesses were reported in Wisconsin and one in California,
The meat may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli that's potentially deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, senior citizens and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk.
The affected beef was produced October 30th and November 6th.
It was shipped to distributors nationwide for use in restaurants and food service institutions. The USDA says it was not sold by retailers.