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1.8M pounds of ground beef meant for restaurants recalled

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Some 1.8 million pounds of ground beef meant for use in restaurants is being recalled for possible E. coli contamination. (Photo: Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON (PIX11) – Nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef products are being recalled for possible E. coli contamination, authorities announced Monday.

The ground beef was sold for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

At least 11 illnesses have been linked to the recalled meat.

Marked with the establishment number “EST. 2574B,” the meat was produced between March 31 and April 18.

None of the recalled beef was slated to be used in the National School Lunch Program, catalog/internet sales or the Department of Defense, the USDA said.

Symptoms of E. coli include bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. It typically takes three to four days for symptoms to show up, but it can take as long as eight days, officials said.

Most patients recover within a week, but some – most commonly children younger than 5 and older adults – can develop a type of kidney failure that could be deadly.

For a full list of recalled products, click here.

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