Wisc. Firm Recalls 96K Lbs. Beef Over E. Coli Fears

Two reports of illness from contaminated meat prompt state investigation
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2007 2:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – American Foods Group voluntarily recalled 96,000 pounds of ground beef after two people in Illinois were sickened from possible E. coli contamination, the AP reports. The affected beef was distributed to companies in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Some of the recalled goods, produced on Oct. 10, have already expired.

Each shipping label bears the code "Est. 18076" inside the USDA mark. Consumers are urged check their freezers and return or throw away the products, which include coarse and fine ground beef, sirloin, and chops. Poor butchering can spread E. coli from animal intestines to meat.
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