GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- American Foods Group is recalling more than 530,000 pounds of ground beef in 17 states because the food may be contaminated with a strain of the deadly E. coli bacteria.
No illnesses have been associated with the beef, the Green Bay-based company said in a statement Sunday night.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture found a sample of the E. coli strain known as 0157:H7 while testing the meat produced Aug. 2.
The ground beef was distributed to the following states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
It has a sell-by date of Aug. 19, 2001, and a label with the USDA establishment number 410. The ground beef was shipped to retailers in three-, five- and 10-pound packages, but may have been repackaged at the retail level.
"Since the sell-by date has passed, none of the product should be in commerce," Carl Kuehne, American Foods' owner and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
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