E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Beef Recall

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Trenton, N.J. (AP) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 21 people in eight states may have fallen ill after eating hamburgers possibly contaminated with E. Coli bacteria.

A CDC spokeswoman says three cases have linked to the ground beef. Two cases are in New York and one is in Florida. The other 18 cases are under investigation.

Illnesses have also been reported in Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

No deaths have been reported.

Topps Meat Company based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, announced a recall Tuesday of boxes of frozen hamburgers it distributed. Topps and the Department of Agriculture say the recall affects more than 331,000 pounds of frozen beef patties and 21 products that were distributed nationwide.

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