Food Safety

November 15, 2019
BURGER ALERT A recent salmonella outbreak is believed to be caused by ground beef.
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A November 1 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists 10 recent cases of salmonella. The illness broke out across six states. Eight people went to the hospital for it. One has died. Symptoms of salmonella can include fever. They can also include stomach cramps. The illness can last a week. Most people get better without treatment.

The CDC says the salmonella outbreak is probably caused by ground beef. But the source of the meat containing the salmonella bacteria has not yet been found. “Ill people report eating different types and brands of ground beef purchased from many different locations,” says the CDC.

At press time, the CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture were still looking into the outbreak. The CDC had not asked stores to stop selling ground beef. The agency says it’s safe for people to eat meat that has been thoroughly cooked. Eating undercooked ground beef is not recommended.