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Bacteria prompt recall of ground beef

A West Seneca grocery store is recalling ground beef after one person became ill.

Customers were instructed to discard or return ground round obtained from Market in the Square, 940 Union Road, that bears a sell-by date of Sept. 6.

After a customer complained of illness, tests by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets found E. coli bacteria in the package of ground beef that had been consumed. Subsequent tests of the grocer's meats were negative.

The store buys meats from suppliers inspected by the U.S. Agriculture Department and purchases quantities to last just a few days, said Brian Kusmierski, Market in the Square vice president.

Since the store, which processes the meat itself, sells its inventory quickly, that particular batch of meat is "long gone," he said.

"We're cooperating 100 percent with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to trace back the supplier of the meat," Kusmierski said.


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