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TAINTED BEEF FOUND IN VIRGINIA SPURS PROBE

A federal inspector Monday began investigating a possible link between the BeefAmerica packing plant here and tainted ground beef found in a Virginia store.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said records at a supermarket in Emporia, Va., where E. coli bacteria was found in fresh ground beef, indicated that the beef originated at the Norfolk plant.

Meat from the plant is not under recall, said Jacque Knight, a USDA spokeswoman in Washington. She said no illnesses have been reported stemming from the tainted meat in Virginia. BeefAmerica does not believe the plant is the source of the contamination, said Keith DeHann, company spokesman.

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