Iowa’s health department is putting out a warning for tainted meat. Regulators first recalled 739,000 pounds of meat from Stampede Meat Incorporated of Chicago last weekend, and the recall expanded to Iowa after word that a north-central Iowa woman got sick after eating some. State epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk says a traveling salesperson peddled the food. She says while she’s never had anyone come door-to-door, it’s apparently not that uncommon. There’s a way to check if the meat in your fridge or freezer is among the batch involved in the health warning.You can go to websites that list recalled meats, like www.fsis.usda.gov but also the recalled meat was produced between March 17 and 22, and bears a code E-S-T, 19-1-13. Quinlisk says health officials say their big worry is that someone out there who’s sick now, or hasn’t even gotten sick yet, may still have the tainted meat in their kitchen. The message is not only to not eat any of the recalled batch, but also going into the holiday weekend always cook meat thoroughly, especially ground meat. Quinlisk says it would be best to test the temp and make sure it’s 180-degrees inside, but at least look to see that the juice runs clear, signaling the meat’s cooked thoroughly.
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