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Beef Recall: 500,00 Pounds Due to E. coli; 2 Deaths Linked

Two deaths have been connected to yet another large recall of ground beef contaminated with E. coli.

The AP reports that beef contaminated with E. coli has caused the death of two individuals, one in New York, the other in New Hampshire. Twenty eight others may have become ill, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Here is the USDA's release about the beef recall.

To summarize, Fairbank Farms, in Ashville, New York is recalling 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef sold at Trader Joe;s, ACME, Price Chopper, Lancaster and Wild Harvest, Shaw's, BJ's, Ford Brothers and Giant Food Stores.

Fairbank Farms originally stated that the beef was sold in 8 states, but has extended its warning to the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, where beef may have been sent after going to distribution centers.

The USDA will update its list of retail locations as the information becomes available.

These beef products were likely sold with sell-by dates between September 19 and 28, 2009, except for a few products with sell-by dates after that.

Here are images of product labels for some of the recalled beef, which was sold as ground beef, beef patties and meatballs.

Each product should include "Est. 492" inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the nutrition label.

What should you do? Check your fridge and freezer if you've recently bought beef from these stores. Also ask your local retailer if any of the beef they've sold has been recalled.