The following was an editorial by Youngstown, Ohio television station WYTV-33:

Summertime means firing-up the grill or heading to the county fair, but it also means e-coli dangers.

The US Department of Agriculture says at least three people in Ohio are sick with e-coli after eating meat from Valley Meats in Illinois.  The company is now recalling nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef.

You can protect yourself from e-coli by washing your hands and food, and fully cooking your meat.  E-coli can cause abdominal pain, and even acute kidney failure.  Health officials say e-coli has a 1 to 10 day incubation period.

William Marler, Food Borne Illness Attorney says, “An e-coli outbreak, it is never the last thing you ate.  It is usually 3 to 4 or 5 days ago that likely made you sick.  So having a pretty good understanding of what your diet has been 3 or 4 or 5 days ago become equivical when the health dept. is investigating.”

For more information, you can call the USDA meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-MP-HOTLINE or click here.