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E.Coli Contaminated Ground Beef May Have Been Sold to Calif Targets, Vons: FSIS

The Cargill plant had a smaller recall of Excel brand ground beef in August, but at that time no illnesses had been reported

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A Colorado company is recalling more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 17.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef items were produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on June 21 and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

In California, Vons, Safeway, Albertson's, Target, FoodMaxx and Pak N Save may have been sold contaminated beef, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. 

FSIS did specify that the list of affected stores could include stores that did not actually receive contaminated product and that the best option was for shoppers to check the identification labels

The recalled products include 3-, 10- and 20-pound (1.3-, 4.5- and 9-kilogram) chubs of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use or freeze by dates.

The Cargill plant had a smaller recall of Excel brand ground beef in August, but at that time no illnesses had been reported.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting, but more severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

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