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UPDATE: Columbia supermarkets unaffected by Reis meat contamination

Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 2:25 p.m. CDT; updated 3:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 16, 2011

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the destruction of the contaminated meat products as a product recall.

COLUMBIA — Columbia Hy-Vee, Gerbes and Walmart store managers said Sunday that their stores do not carry any meat products from Reis Meat Processing in Jackson.

State Public Health Laboratory testing of vacuum-packed chicken and ground pork products from Reis were found to contain unusually high levels of bacteria, the Department of Health and Senior Services said in a news release Friday.

*The contaminated products will be destroyed Monday, and the department advised consumers to throw away any contaminated meat they might have purchased.

Other goods produced by Reis, such as beef, sausage, bacon and turkey, were found to have normal levels of bacteria after testing.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture had ordered Reis to close the chicken and pork area of the business earlier because inspection had shown unsanitary processing conditions. The department later allowed Reis to continue custom processing but kept retail closed until further testing was done on the meat.

The news release said people should use "ordinary caution" when dealing with Reis' meat products or other processors' products. All meat should be cooked thoroughly, and consumers should dispose of any products they think could be contaminated.


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