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Nebraska Beef Ltd. recall now 5.3M pounds

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska Beef Ltd. is expanding a recall announced earlier this week to include all 5.3 million pounds of meat it produced for ground beef between May 16 and June 26.

Federal investigators have linked Nebraska Beef’s products to an outbreak of E. coli illnesses affecting 40 people in Michigan and Ohio.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Thursday that it concluded Nebraska Beef’s production practices were insufficient to effectively control E. coli bacteria.

"The products subject to recall may have been produced under unsanitary conditions," the government said.

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year in the United States. Most of those who die are have weak immune systems such as the elderly or very young.

Some Nebraska Beef products were sold by grocer Kroger Co. Kroger has recalled ground beef products in more than 20 states because the meat may have been contaminated.

On Monday, Nebraska Beef announced plans to recall 531,707 pounds of beef trim produced on five different dates between May 16 and June 24.

Now the recall includes all beef trimmings and other products intended for use in ground beef the company produced between May 16 and June 26.

The company said Monday that beef involved in the original recall went to businesses in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Thursdf spokesman Bill Lamson did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday afternoon.

The company’s Omaha plant typically slaughters about 1,000 head of cattle per day.

Cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees should kill E. coli bacteria, if they are present. The USDA recommends that consumers use a meat thermometer while cooking to verify they have

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