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Health Warning: Salmonella Linked To MealMart Chicken Livers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Dozens of people in New York have been sickened after eating kosher broiled chicken livers that were not fully cooked.

Health officials said the liver contaminated with salmonella was manufactured by Schreiber Processing Corp. under the MealMart brand. They said 89 cases of foodborne illness have been linked to the product, including 56 in New York City and 33 in nine upstate counties.

The Queens-based company is recalling the product.

Besides New York, the livers also were sold in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Minnesota.

The company's quality control manager said Wednesday the recall involves partially cooked 10-pound boxes of broiled chicken livers distributed to retail establishments.

The label says to cook it until the food reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees, but people may be thrown off by the label also saying "broiled."

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