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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Rochester Meat Co. issued a voluntary recall of approximately 188,000 pounds of ground beef products because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem was discovered through an investigation initiated by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the California Department of Public Health into five illnesses in Wisconsin and one illness in California.
The ground beef products subject to recall were produced on Oct. 30, 2007, and Nov. 6, 2007 and shipped to distributors nationwide for further distribution to restaurants and foodservice institutions. These products were not available for purchase by consumers in retail establishments.