Extra precautions after a beef recall

- Instructors and students at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality are taking extra precautions, after a beef recall was issued and they also have some advice for you.

"We have a great responsibility to serve safe food, as well as tasty food, so we take it very seriously," said  Robb Seltzer, firector of Food and Beverage Operations at the college.

He said the recall of 6-and-a-half-million pounds of beef is concerning.

"The food was produced in July, August and maybe early September and maybe contaminated with salmonella bacteria."

Officials say 57 people got sick from the possible salmonella contamination.

"You think you have the flu -- vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach. But if you're compromised, that can turn into dehydration and you can die."  

Seltzer showed us what to look for to stay safe.

"On every package there's a little circle Inspected by the Dept. of Agriculture. They'll give you a number where it was produced. Every package of meet has a number stamped by the government to identify where it was made. This was number plant 267."

He said all meat should be cooked thoroughly, to avoid food poisoning

"That's medium on a steak, hamburger well done. We just have to have safe practices. When you buy your meat make sure to check dates, and try to keep it cold when you come home."

And even when you're home?

"We check temperatures, make sure the meat is refrigerated and is still properly refrigerated and under 40 degrees."

Seltzer said seniors, infants and people who are already ill are especially vulnerable, so you need to be really careful. 

Click here to read more about the recall list.  Consumers with questions regarding the recall can also call (800) 727-2333.

 

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