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At least 27 reported ill in ground beef recall

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 8, 2009
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VISALIA, Calif. — Health officials in three states say at least 27 people have reported illnesses tied to recalled ground beef that may be tainted with salmonella.

Thursday, Fresno-based Beef Packers Inc. recalled 825,769 pounds of ground beef produced from June 5 to June 23.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the beef was sent to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah.

The department said Friday that California, Colorado and Wyoming have reported illness that may be linked to the recall.

Colorado health officials say 21 people there have been sickened. All are recovering.

California officials say five people have reported feeling sick. The total number of people ill in Wyoming is unclear.

The beef was repackaged and sold under different retail brand names, so customers are being urged to check with their local store to determine if they bought any of the beef.

A separate recall last month involved beef tied to the hospitalization of 12 people in a possible E. coli outbreak. That meat was produced in Colorado.