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No more threat of contaminated beef in RI

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Nicole Gerber
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The threat of contaminated beef from the Wolverine Packing Company is gone in Rhode Island.

1.8 million pounds of ground beef was recalled for fear it may be contaminated with E. Coli. At least 128 food facilities in Rhode Island, including restaurants, schools, and nursing homes received the recalled product.

But the state Department of Health says all the beef that could have been a part of that tainted batch has already been consumed... and there have been no reports of anyone getting sick.

The DoH says the beef was eaten prior to 10 days ago... which is the incubation period for E. Coli.

11 people from four states – including one person in Massachusetts - h
ave gotten sick from the beef.

Since the beef was not distributed to any supermarkets in the state there's no chance that the contaminated product is still in anyone's home or freezer... but the health department still urges people to check all their meat against any active recalls.

Officials also encourage everyone to fully cook their beef using a meat thermometer... especially ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend. Even if beef is tainted with bacteria like E. Coli... if it is fully cooked... it won't cause illness.

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