Midwest holiday tradition poses health risk.
Reuters reports that an Upper Midwest tradition of eating raw ground beef poses an E. Coli risk to consumers. According to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control, more than a dozen Wisconsin residents may have been sickened during the 2012 holiday season, and more than 50 cases have been traced to the tradition since 1972.
Although those numbers are relatively small, the symptoms of E. Coli are nothing to mess around with. The Reuters article states: “The bacteria can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.”
Doesn’t sound like the kind of holly jolly Christmas you want to enjoy? Follow the CDC’s guidelines and ensure your burgers are cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Farenheit.
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