Calif. Company Recalls Ground Beef Products

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FRESNO, Calif. - A company based in Fresno, Calif., is recalling more than 20,000 pounds of ground beef because of possible contamination that may be linked with two cases of samonella.

Beef Packers, Inc., recalled 22,723 pounds of its products containing ground beef, which had been produced on September 23.

A statement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service urged consumers to return any products labeled EST 31913 on the case code, though specific brand names were not provided on the warning.

Prior to distribution, a plant in Arizona repackaged the beef products, which were sold under various retail brands.

Two Arizona residents have contracted Salmonella Newport, a strain of the bacteria that is resistant to normal modes of treatment.

Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills.

Beef Packers spokesman Mark Klein says the company initiated the recall voluntarily and is "taking the matter seriously."

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