E. coli beef recall update raises more concerns about food safety

long-haired cattle
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Here's the latest word on the E. coli O157:H7 recall I blogged about earlier. The USDA has categorized this recall as a "Class 1" event, indicating a "high health risk," according to the Washington Post. The tainted beef recall has encompassed 16 states and has poisoned 21 people so far -- several of them having to be hospitalized with the usual nasty symptoms.

On Christmas Eve, National Steak and Poultry, out of Oklahoma, initiated a recall of 248,000 lbs. of steaks that had been distributed to Midwestern chain restaurants including Moe's and Carino's Italian Grill. If you celebrated the holidays with beefy Italian food or Mexican burritos and you're not feeling so well, this might be why.