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Ground Beef Recall: 16 People Sick From Salmonella In 5 States

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The Associated Press reports:

NEW YORK — Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef.

No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Seven people ate a raw ground beef dish called kibbeh (kib-BEH') last month at a suburban Detroit restaurant that wasn't identified. Health officials say consumers should not eat uncooked meat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases have been linked to last week's recall of more than 1,000 pounds of ground beef from two Michigan businesses, Troy-based Gab Halal Foods and Sterling Heights-based Jouni Meats.

UPDATE: 1/29/13 11:30 am -- A spokeswoman from the Michigan Department of Public Health gave comment on the ground beef recall to The Stir, noting that it's not yet clear where in the production process the salmonella contamination occurred. NPR's The Salt added that the ground beef recall could tamp down growing enthusiasm for raw meat, including steak tartare, which the CDC says is not safe to eat.

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