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Kentucky Supplier Recalls More than 22,000 Pounds of Beef

Jun 6, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Kentucky-based food distributor has issued a recall on more than 22,000 pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the Creation Gardens Inc. products subject to the recall were shipped to food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

The department says the problem was discovered Monday when plant management at the Louisville-based company notified Food Safety and Inspection Service officials of positive test results for E.coli.

Health Department Warns Against Unpasteurized Milk

Sep 30, 2014

Kentucky health officials are reminding residents not to consume unpasteurized milk or other products that could lead to E. coli infection.

The warning follows recent cases of the infection in north-central Kentucky and hospitalization of four children. Four of the five children associated with the cluster developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.

Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield says all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is not like milk and dairy products available at grocery stores. She says anyone who drinks unpasteurized milk can be susceptible but especially children.

The Public Health Department says lab testing hasn't positively identified the source of the recent illnesses. But the agency issued a warning about unpasteurized milk after finding out the affected children had consumed it.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste, and the problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

Untreated sewage is released into streams and rivers from combined sewer systems—or CSOs—in cities like Louisville. It also runs off agricultural fields, leaks from aging septic tanks and is deposited directly into the river through straight pipes in some rural areas. Tim Joice of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance says data shows the number of stream miles affected by E.coli is growing, and it could take another 15 to 20 years to get the problem under control.

“We likely, especially in cities, will not see substantial improvement in CSO issues or insufficient wastewater treatment capacity issues for another number of years,” Joice said.

The state’s swimming advisories—which include the Upper Cumberland River, Kentucky River and Licking River—are in effect until further notice.