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Meat Recall Expanded in California: USDA

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A recall of ground beef and veal in California that may be contaminated with E. coli has been expanded to 4.9 million pounds of products from the original recall of 864,000 pounds of meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recall includes Huntington, Imperial Meat Co. and El Rancho products made by Huntington Meat Packing Inc. of Montebello, Calif. The beef and veal was sold to distribution centers, restaurants and hotels in California between Jan. 4 and Jan. 22, 2010, the Associated Press reported.

The USDA said there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the products, which include ground beef patties, diced beef, veal patties and beef burrito filling mix.

The original Jan. 18 recall was expanded after new evidence was uncovered during an ongoing criminal investigation, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the AP reported.

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