Restaurants keeping diners safe during ground beef recall - KCTV5

Restaurants keeping diners safe during ground beef recall

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Nearly two million pounds of ground beef sold to restaurants were recalled because it could be tainted with E. coli.

Four states including Missouri got the meat.

Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr., the owner of Jasper's, says protecting diners at a restaurant involves two things: half in the customer's hands and half in the hands of the kitchen.

Mirabile has been dishing out gourmet Italian food in Kansas City for decades. Among the loyal customers is Bob Seeley.

"I'm a foodie and a winey, and I eat out every night," Seeley said.

He is not worried about the recall, because he is choosy about where he eats.

"I only go to a select few places," he said.

Mirabile says there is one simple way to kill bacteria like E. coli in meat.

"If you cook the beef to 160 degrees then you are killing off any kind of bacteria in the beef," Mirabile said.

The only ground beef at Jasper's is in the meatballs, and rare is not an option.

"You don't have the option to take a temperature on a meatball," Mirabile said.

But even if customers order their beef well-done, they need to worry about how it is handled, because a single hand can spread the bacteria from the tainted beef to a salad, which is not cooked through.

And that is why Seeley is so discriminating about where he dines.

"Eat out someplace that you are confident in the way they prepare the food, they store the food, and with those things in mind, I don't have a concern about it really," he said.

The distributor in this case is out of Michigan. Mirabile says the company is well-known and reputable, but he gets his beef from a local distributor.

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