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L.A. firm recalls 377,775 pounds of ground beef in E. coli scare

October 12, 2011 | 10:08 am

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This could make you want to rethink that burger, or at least order it well-done: A Los Angeles-based company is recalling nearly 400,000 pounds of ground beef because of fears that it may be contaminated with E. coli.

Commercial Meat Co. is calling back 377,775 pounds of meat after routine testing discovered the bacterium.

The beef was processed between Sept. 7 and Oct. 7 and shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada in the form of bulk ground beef, patties, taco meat and chili, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

E. coli is potentially deadly for young children, seniors and those with weak immune systems. No illnesses have been reported so far from the Commercial Meat products.

As for a side of melon with your burger, a multistate outbreak of Listeria found in whole cantaloupes has killed 21 people.

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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: Freshly ground meat. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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