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Ground Beef Products Are Subject of Recall After 2 Reports of Illness

Published: November 26, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis., Nov. 25 (AP) — A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000
pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by E.
coli bacteria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the Department of
Agriculture said Saturday.

The beef products by the company, American Foods Group of Green Bay, were
distributed to retailers and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio,
Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The problem surfaced after an investigation
by the Illinois Department of Health, which was looking into two reports of

The bacteria type is E. coli O157:H7, which is harbored in the intestines of
cattle. Improper butchering and processing can cause the bacteria to get onto
meat. Thorough cooking, to at least 160 degrees internal temperature, can
destroy it.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody
diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, the elderly and people with
compromised immune systems are the most susceptible.

The products subject to recall were produced on Oct. 10. They were distributed
for further processing and repackaging and will not have the company’s
establishment number on the package.

Some of the recommended use-by dates have already expired. In that case,
consumers can contact their retailers to see if the products in question were
at stores. Consumers are also urged to look in their freezers and return or
throw out the products if they find them.

More information is available online at .


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