An undetermined amount of potentially-tainted ground chuck products were shipped to 24 counties in Florida including Brevard, Citrus, Hillsborough, Sarasota and St. Lucie, FSIS said. Affected beef was sold to consumers from June 25 to July 31.
Affected products include:
- Bacon & cheddar burgers
- Blue cheese meatballs
- Ground chuck for chili and meat loaf
- Jalapeno and cheddar sliders
- Mesquite seasoned ground chuck burger
- Stuffed peppers (oven ready)
- Spanish meatballs
- Swiss and mushroom sliders
The investigation into the problem began after at least 18 patients, most of whom are residents of Florida, fell ill between July 5 and July 25, FSIS said. All of the patients consumed ground chuck products purchased at various Publix stores and supplied by an as yet unidentified source.
Symptoms of E. coli typically begin to manifest 2 to 8 days after the bacterium is ingested, and include vomiting and diarrhea (may be bloody), according to the agency. Most otherwise healthy people get better without medical treatment, but in rare cases more serious infections may occur.
Source: USA Today