A Carrollton-based company is recalling approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef that was distributed to restaurants and may be contaminated with E. coli.
At least 27 Georgians have been sickened in the recent outbreak.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall Tuesday, stating that Colorado Premium Foods produced the potentially contaminated products – raw ground beef packaged in bulk – on March 26, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 10 and April 12.
The products were shipped to distributors in Norcross and Ft. Orange, Fla., for further distribution to restaurants.
As many as 109 people have been infected with E. coli across six states, including Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which identified the probable source as contaminated ground beef.
The federal agency said 17 people have been hospitalized, including at least three in Georgia. Infected people reported eating ground beef at home and in restaurants, the CDC said.
Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, or other illnesses. A recommended way to prevent infection is to wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food and after contact with animals.
Based on the continuing investigation, additional products may be recalled, according to FSIS.