As the burger craze continues, one group is warning fans about the dangers of its main ingredient: ground beef. (Tweet This).
A recent report by the nonprofit Consumer Reports claims solid evidence "that ground beef can make you seriously sick, particularly when it's cooked at rare or medium-rare temperatures under 160° F."
Specifically, ground beef is riskier when it comes to containing bacteria that can cause food poisoning. E. coli O157, a bacteria that causes abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting, can be picked up in contaminated and undercooked food, whether at a restaurant or at home, the report said.
"Up to 28 percent of Americans eat ground beef that's raw or undercooked," Hannah Gould, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the magazine.