First major E. coli-related recall of 2008

Well, the meat's from 2007, but why quibble when we have this exciting new graphic to guide your decision whether or not to eat a burger of questionable provenance?

Details: Rochester Meat of Minnesota is recalling approximately 188,000 pounds of ground beef products because — drumroll! —  they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday. Wisconsin and California's public health departments alerted the agency after six illnesses were reported.

The possibly contaminated products were produced on Oct. 30, 2007, and Nov. 6, 2007, and shipped to restaurants and food service institutions nationwide. (Box numbers here.) Because of the size of the recall — that's easily half a million burgers we're talking about — and the fact that it's not a retail-establishment recall, the Ethicurean Department of Gastrointestinal Security has run our scientific algorithm and assessed the risk of a burger-induced bathroom attack as Orange, for High. 

Don't say we didn't warn you!

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