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USA today reports this morning that Cargill-owned Beef Packers Inc. has recalled 22,723 pounds of ground beef sent to stores in Arizona and New Mexico because of concerns that they could be contaminated with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella. Several illnesses, but no deaths, have so far been linked to the ground beef.

This is the second significant recall this year by Beef Packers, which had to recall more than 800,000 pounds of salmonella-contaminated ground beef back in August; there were 39 illnesses connected to that recall.

USA Today reports that there has been a nationwide voluntary recall of College Inn No MSG Chicken Broth by Del Monte Foods because of mislabeling - the product actually does contain monosodium glutamate. No illnesses have been reported that could be connected to the mislabeling.

• Unilever reportedly is recalling 10 million cans of Slim-Fast drinks in the US and Canada because of concerns about bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which the company says “may cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting."
KC's View:
Not to make light of a food safety problem, but it seems to be that for people who need to drink Slim-Fast, the diarrhea and vomiting might be seen as a value-added.