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Last year, the agency collected nearly 2,700 samples for testing from meat processing plants nationwide. That number won't change, but each sample will now be tested for the six additional E. coli strains.
Thousands of people are sickened each year by E. coli bacteria that can cause diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness.
Safety experts advise consumers to cook ground beef to a temperature of 160 degrees.
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