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Beef Packers, Inc., of Fresno, Calif., recalled the ground beef products on Aug. 6, 2009. Meat included in the recall was produced between June 5, 2009, and June 23, 2009; contains the code "EST. 31913" on its labels and was distributed to 11 states.
Officials say the meats may be linked to an outbreak of salmonella in Colorado. The strain of that particular outbreak -- salmonella Newport -- is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs.
The recalled beef was repackaged for consumers at distribution centers in four states -- Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah -- so the USDA recommends consumers check with their local retailer to find out if their meat is subject to the recall.
Fifteen of the Colorado illnesses involved ground beef purchased at Safeway Stores, USA Today reports.
It's recommended that ground beef be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any bacteria.
Anyone with questions about the Beef Packers recall should contact the company's consumer line at 877-872-3635.
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[Via USA Today]