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Cargill Resumes Production At Arkansas Plant

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MINNETONKA  (AP) – The Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. has resumed ground turkey production at an Arkansas plant linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says limited production has resumed after additional anti-bacterial safety measures were approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The government asked Cargill to recall about 36 million pounds of ground turkey on Aug. 3, nearly five months after the first illness was reported. Federal officials say that as of Aug. 11, the salmonella outbreak has sickened 107 people in 31 states. Cargill, of Minnetonka, shut down grinding operations at the Springdale, Ark., turkey processing plant at the time of the recall.

Meanwhile, Cargill is facing another lawsuit connected to the outbreak.  An Oregon couple who say their 1-year-old daughter was sickened by ground turkey meatballs is suing the company.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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