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Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak Sickens 16 in 5 States

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Washington, DC: At least 16 people in five states have become ill, half requiring hospitalization, due to salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef. The majority of illness has been reported in Michigan, however several cases have also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

According to a report by MSNBC.com, seven people ate a raw ground beef dish called kibbeh last month at a suburban Detroit restaurant. Health officials say consumers should not eat uncooked meat.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases have been linked to last week's recall of more than 1,000 pounds of ground beef from two Michigan businesses, Troy-based Gab Halal Foods and Sterling Heights-based Jouni Meats.

On January 25, 2013, as a result of the continued investigation, Gab Halal Foods, a Troy, Michigan retail store, recalled approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium.

The products subject to recall are various size packages of ground beef wrapped in clear plastic. These products were produced between Dec. 4, 2012, and Dec. 10, 2012, and distributed to a restaurant in Macomb County, Michigan, and sold directly to consumers at Gab Halal Foods. These products were sold without a label.

On January 24, 2013, Jouni Meats, Inc., a Sterling Heights, Michigan retail store, announced it is recalling approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium. In the FSIS recall news release announcing this recall, FSIS stated that the investigation identified that raw ground beef was consumed at a restaurant.

The products subject to recall are various size packages of ground beef. These products were produced between December 4, 2012 and December 9, 2012, and distributed to a restaurant in Macomb County, Michigan, and sold directly to consumers at Jouni Meats, Inc. These products were sold without a label.

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