Salmonella infections found in five states

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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ATLANTA – At least 16 people in five states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to a ground beef recall, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Nine of the illnesses were in Michigan, three were in Wisconsin, two were in Illinois and one each in Arizona and Iowa, according to CDC. Federal, state and local health officials have determined that ground beef produced by Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Jouni Meats Inc. and Gab Halal Foods in Troy, Mich., are likely sources of the outbreak. Jouni Meats recalled roughly 500 lbs. of ground-beef products on Jan. 24, and Gab Halal recalled 550 lbs. of ground beef on Jan. 25.

Seven patients reported eating raw beef kibbeh on Dec. 7, 2012, and Dec. 8, 2012. Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish made of bulgur, minced onions and ground red meat, usually beef, lamb or goat. The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service expressed concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

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