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DODGE CITY, Kan. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria.

The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat has been distributed nationwide.

At least three major grocery store chains are recalling certain packages of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.

The recalls at Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. mainly in the southeastern U.S. stem from meat from National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.

The agriculture department says there have been no reports of illnesses. The company says it's investigating. E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and other problems.

The potentially contaminated ground beef was produced n July 23rd with a freeze date of August 12th. The packages that are at risk include:

Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 684).

Packages of eight 5-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 684).

Packages of twelve 3-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 782 or 785).

Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 787).

Additionally, ground beef produced on July 25th with a freeze date of August 14th are included in the recall. The packages include the following:

Packages of eight 10-pound chubs of National Beef 81/19 fine ground beef (product code 431).

Packages of eight 10-pound chubs of National Beef 90/10 fine ground beef (product code 471).

Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 86/14 fine ground beef (product code 494).

These products were shipped nationwide. The effects of this contamination are unknown because some of the potentially tainted products have already been repackaged into consumer-sized portions and sold under different brand names or labels.

The Associated Press

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