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Tainted beef prompts nationwide recall

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

August 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A nationwide beef recall has been issued due to possible E. coli contamination.

More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef produced by a plant in Ohio are being recalled after routine testing discovered the bacteria.

The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat was sent to several distributors and could have been repackaged for consumers and sold nationwide.

Boxes of the recalled meet bear the establishment number "Est. 262."

At Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery store chain, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf made in the stores. Packages have "sell by" dates of July 29 through Aug. 12. At Publix, the products include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, stuffed peppers, seasoned salisbury steak and others with "sell by" dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. Winn-Dixie products include ground chuck and patties with "sell-by" label dates from July 31 to Aug. 12.

There have been no reports of illness associated with the beef.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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