Salmonella Fear Sparks Massive Beef Recall

This file photo from June 7, 2000 shows beef sides hanging in a chilling room at the Excel slaughterhouse in Schuyler, Neb., Wednesday June 7, 2000. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

A Fresno-based beef company is recalling hundreds of thousands of ground beef products because of concerns it may be linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Beef Packers Inc. is recalling 825,769 pounds of ground beef produced between June 5, 2009 through June 23.

The recall announced Thursday says the beef products bear the establishment number "EST. 31913" printed on case code labels.

The beef was distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah.

The USDA says because the beef was repackaged under different retail names, consumers should check with the store they bought beef from to determine if they've purchased any recalled beef.
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