A recall of contaminated ground beef that has been linked to possible E. coli bacteria illnesses among 40 people in three Midwestern states is being expanded to 2.3 million pounds of meat sold nationwide, the Agriculture Department said.
The Wisconsin-based meatpacker, Emmpak Foods Inc., recalled 416,000 pounds of ground beef in September in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but it expanded the recall late Wednesday. The beef was sold in grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and other food institutions nationwide.
The recall was initiated after food safety inspectors reviewed plant practices and company records at Emmpak, which does business as Peck Meats.
The USDA referred consumers to the Emmpak consumer hotline at (877) 817-7622.