The Michigan Department of Community Health reports that five adults have been sickened since late April — three of them hospitalized. Laboratory results suggest that the illnesses are linked to undercooked ground beef at several different restaurants in multiple locations.
The illnesses were reported in Kent, Livingston and Ottawa counties as well.
More testing is planned.
Health officials say even infected meat can be safe to eat if it is cooked properly.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to an internal temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to…
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