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Sixteen people ill from salmonella after eating contaminated beef

In the last few months, it seems like consumers haven't been able to get away from the threat of salmonella poisoning. After the FDA recalled hundreds of products over the holiday season, people across the nation have welcomed the last few weeks of respite.

But disturbing news out of the Midwest this month has Californians on high alert again after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected Salmonella Typhimurium in sixteen people who have been hospitalized after consuming beef supplied by two Michigan meat shops.

According to several state and federal health officials, the majority of the cases of sick people occurred in the Midwest across four states including Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan where the contaminated meat is said to have originated. Although these cases of food poisoning occurred hundreds of miles away from residents in California, one case of salmonella poisoning in Arizona seems to suggest that the defective beef could have been sold nationally.

The CDC says that seven of the people became sick after consuming a raw Middle Eastern ground-beef dish called kibbeh at the same restaurant. It is not clear at this time how the beef was prepared for the remaining nine sick people but the CDC says that they were infected by the same beef.

Both beef retailers have recalled more than a thousand pounds of meat although one of the owners believes that the contamination likely happened somewhere down the line stating that he produces meat for other restaurants and customers and has not heard of a report of sickness from anyone else.

Source: Reuters News, "Salmonella lined to ground beef sickens 16 in five states: CDC," Jan. 26, 2013

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