Where's the beef

Who knew that spinach could be related to beef? Friday, a company in Iowa voluntarily recalled 5200 pounds of ground beef products from seven states because they could have been contaminated by the same E.Coli strain that tainted spinach - according to an article from the Houston Chronicle.

E. coli lives in the intestines of cattle and other animals and typically is linked to contamination by fecal material. It's believed responsible for about 60 deaths and 73,000 infections a year in the United States. The potentially deadly strain can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The Iowa recall is the first significant one involving ground beef since a Tennessee company recalled some 4,300 pounds in early August, also because of possible E. coli contamination.

This case is getting more and more interesting. Since there is a criminal investigation now taking place with the spinach California company, I wonder if that triggered this voluntary beef recall. I also wonder if other voluntary recalls will take place. Hmmmmm...