In conjunction with state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on March 23 that it had identified 14 cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness among residents Maryland (3 cases), New Jersey (2 cases), North Carolina (1 case), Ohio (2 cases) and Pennsylvania (6 cases). After an epidemiologic investigation, the cause of the 14 confirmed E. coli O157:H7 illnesses was determined to be contaminated Lebanon bologna products sold by Palmyra Bologna Products, Inc. The FSIS and Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc. have recalled approximately 23,000 pounds of potentially contaminated product.

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