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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beef Recalled

NEW YORK -- A beef processing company that had consistently failed the Agriculture Department's new safety standards announced Saturday that it was recalling 180,000 pounds of ground beef that might contain a deadly form of the E. coli bacterium.

The company, Supreme Beef Processors of Dallas, said the Agriculture Department notified it Saturday that one sample of the beef tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. No illnesses were reported.

The Agriculture Department had tried to close the company's processing plant on Nov. 30, but a federal judge said he had to decide whether the government had the authority to enforce the new food safety standards. The agency does not have the authority to force a recall.