NORTH BRANCH, Mich. (AP) — A public health alert has been issued after cases of E. coli illness have been linked to ground beef from a Michigan meat processor.
State health and agriculture officials say Wednesday that five cases have been confirmed and four probable cases reported in Lapeer, Genesee Isabella and Sanilac counties.
People who have gotten sick report that they ate the ground beef at restaurants who received it from McNees Meats and Wholesale in North Branch or they bought it directly from the company.
Michigan's Department of Community Health says two-thirds of the people had to be hospitalized. The illnesses occurred July 18-30.
About 360 pounds of the ground beef products are being recalled.