Hampshire County resident sickened by E. coli linked to meat recall

BOSTON (WWLP-AP) – A western Massachusetts resident is among the people who have become sick in connection with a recent recall of ground beef, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Department spokesperson Anne Roach notified 22News that a resident of Hampshire County is so far the state’s only case of E. coli 0157 linked to the recall.

In a statement, Roach said the DPH cannot reveal additional information about the person who is sick, including age, gender, or the city/town in which the person lives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that they issued a recall affecting Wolverine Packing Co. products produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service says 11 illnesses have been identified nationwide.

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14″ between “03 31 14″ and “04 18 14.”

E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea and diarrhea, as well as other complications.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls

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