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Recalled beef products distributed to 128 RI facilities

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By: Samantha Lavien
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One-point-eight million pounds of ground beef have been recalled nationwide for fear it could be contaminated with E.Coli.

The Rhode Island Health Department says at least 128 facilities in the state received the recalled ground beef.

So far, 11 people from four states including Massachusetts have reported getting sick from the beef. The concerns over the meat come as many prepare for the holiday weekend known for barbecuing.

"It concerns me a little. I thought about it while I was shopping and I didn't buy any hamburger,” said Stephanie Kirwan of East Greenwich.

"I just purchased it for this week actually and now I'm going to be checking the numbers on it to see if it's beef that has been recalled,” said Charlene Henderson of East Greenwich.

The meat comes from Wolverine Packing Company in Michigan. The products that are being recalled have 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."

And, while the recall is causing many to reconsider eating beef products…

"For now less is better,” said Phillip McAndrew.

Others say nothing will keep them away from enjoying burgers this Memorial Day.

"I plan on grilling a lot actually," said Connor Olson of Gloucester, MA.

The Health Department advises cooking your meat until it is well done as opposed to medium or rare. And, making sure your beef is being cooked at a temperature of at least 160 degrees.

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