What: Federal health officials have linked a number of illnesses with restaurants using certain blade tenderized steaks that may be contaminated with E. coli. Skirt steaks, sirloin steaks, beef tips, sirloin tips, bacon-wrapped beef filet, shoulder marinated tender medallions and boneless beef trimmings are included in the recall. The recalled beef has the packaging dates “10/12/2009,” “10/13/2009,” “10/14/2009” or “10/21/2009,” according to the USDA. While that was more than two months ago, the beef may have been frozen.
Where: Linked illnesses have been reported in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington, the agency reports. The USDA warns all consumers that the color of beef is not a good indicator that it has reached a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills harmful bacteria including E. coli. A meat thermometer should be used.
For more information, visit usda.gov
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