By Jory Lange

On April 23, 2019, K2D Foods dba Colorado Premium Foods recalled 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef “that may be contaminated with E. coli O103,” reports the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  A multistate E. coli O103 outbreak has sickened 156 people in 10 states.  According to FSIS, “Unopened, intact ground beef collected as part of the ongoing investigation from a restaurant location, where multiple case-patients reported dining, tested positive for E. coli O103.”

Ground beef/CDC

Colorado Premium Foods has recalled “GROUND BEEF PUCK” bearing establishment number “EST. 51308”.  The recalled beef was shipped to distributors in Ft. Orange, Florida and Norcross, Georgia, before being redistributed to restaurants.  The ground beef had “Use Thru” dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.

The recall comes on the same day that the CDC announced the outbreak has grown by 47 people since its April 12th update.  156 people are now sick.  20 people have been hospitalized.

While the outbreak has sickened people in 10 states, 3 states have been hardest hit.  65 people have been reported ill in Kentucky, 41 people are ill in Tennessee, and 33 people are ill in Georgia.  8 people are ill in Ohio, 3 people are ill in Florida, 2 people are ill in Virginia. 1 person has been reported ill in each of these states: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi (1 case each).