Beef Recall Expanded by Millions of Pounds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California-based meat supplier has greatly expanded a ground beef recall.

The USDA says the United Food Group recall now includes about five-point-seven (m) million pounds of fresh and frozen meat that may be contaminated with E. coli.

The beef was sold in 11 Western states, including California, and is suspected in 14 E. coli illnesses. All the victims have recovered.

The beef was sold at a number of supermarkets under various names, including Stater Brothers and Trader Joe's brands.

The recall affects products with sell-by dates between April 29th and May 6th. None of the suspect beef remains on store shelves, but authorities want consumers to throw it out if they are keeping it in the freezer.

Call the Hotline for this Recall at 1-800-325-4164.

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