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Topps Meat Company announced a voluntary recall of more than 300,000 pounds of ground beef tainted with E. Coli O157:H7, after receiving over 22 reports of illness.

The recall was announced this week after the CDC said 21 people across eight states had become ill after eating burgers that may have been contaminated with E. coli.

According to the CDC, two cases in New York and one in Florida have been confirmed and linked to the recalled burgers, while 18 other cases are still being investigated.

Six people became ill in New York, three of which required hospitalization, according to state health officials.

Consumers are advised to discard any recalled Topps Burgers they may have in the house or return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.

According to the USDA, the recall affects 331,582 pounds of frozen beef patties that were distributed in the New York City area and across the country. They were produced in June or July and carried the phrase “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

E. coli symptoms include: diarrhea (often times bloody), abdominal cramps and nausea. Very young patients and those with compromised immune systems are at a risk for kidney failure.

For more information on this topic, please visit our section on E. coli Lawsuit Information.

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