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Beef Possibly Tainted with E. Coli Shipped to RI Restaurants, School

Eleven people, including one in Massachusetts, have been infected with E. coli.

File photo.
File photo.
Ground beef possibly tainted with E. coli was shipped to 128 facilities in Rhode Island, including restaurants, nursing homes, and a school.

The Michigan-based Wolverine Packing Company recalled 1.8 million pounds of beef that was produced between March 31 and April 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week. The meat was shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and several other states.

NBC News reported the recall was announced after 11 people in four states were infected with E. coli. MassLive.com reported one of them is a resident of Hampshire County in Massachusetts.

WHDH/7News reported the meat was sent to a school in East Greenwich.

The affected packaged products have the establishment number "EST. 2574B" and have a production date code in the format "Packing Nos: MM DD 14" between "03 31 14" and "04 18 14."

The products were shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, officials said.

E. coli can be fatal in some cases. It causes dehydration, nausea, bloody diarrhea and, abdominal cramping.

Authorities said beef cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees will kill E. coli and other bacteria.

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