DETROIT, Mi. (ABC) - Burger lovers, beware.
ABC News reports that ground beef sold to restaurants and retailers across the nation is believed to be contaminated with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli.
It Is believed the meat came from the Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit and was shipped to distributors nationwide.
So far, 11 people in four states have been sickened. In Massachussets, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.
"This is an infection that can be followed with an illness characterized by bleeding and kidney failure that can be fatal," warns Dr. William Schaffner, former president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Experts warn even getting your burger cooked "medium " is not sufficient
to kill E. coli.
Each year more than 95,000 Americans are sickened with E.coli.
The particular strain of E. coli in question is responsible for some of the most notorious cases, including an outbreak linked to the Jack in the Box food chain back in the 1990s, which sickened more than 700 people and killed four children.
Wolverine Packing company did issue the recall, and says all the meat is now out of circulation, but defended their products.
"While none of the Wolverine Packing product has tested positive for the
pathogen implicated in this outbreak, the company felt it was prudent to
take this voluntary recall action in response to the illnesses and initial
outbreak investigation findings."
Experts say having your meat cooked well-done is the safest way to prevent E. coli infection.