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Almost 12 million pounds of ground beef contaminated as USDA expands Salmonella recall

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Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC. The bacteria is typically transmitted through contaminated food, but some simple preventative measures can keep you from getting sick.

A beef recall first issued in October has been expanded to include ground chuck sold at Wal-Mart stores in the metro-east.

The complete list of recalled products by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is 33 pages long, but only one product may have been sold in Southern Illinois.

Missouri has several outlets where consumers may have purchased the meat that could contain Salmonella.

Showcase ground chuck, sold at Wal-Mart stores, with an 81/19 lean/fat ratio, and a product code of 47231 and a sell by date of Sept. 13, is subject to the recall. It would have been packaged by Sept. 7.

The recall in October included 6.5 million pounds of beef product, the recall issued this week is an additional five million pounds. The meat products should be thrown out or returned to the store, the USDA says.

The recall has been linked to illness in 246 people in 26 states, KSDK reported.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.


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