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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Food recalls take place throughout Minnesota

More than 22,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products sold in Minnesota and 26 other states are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. 

The USDA says the potential contamination was discovered by testing at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and there have not been any reports of illness.  The affected products include several kinds of chicken salad, ham salad, barbecue beans with beef, and potato salad with bacon.  Symptoms of Listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Other symptoms can include headache, confusion and convulsions. It can be treated with antibiotics.


The Coon Rapids Costco is recalling some of its lean fresh ground beef because it could be contaminated with E. coli.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the product in question is the 88-percent lean ground beef with the Costco item number 33724.  The product was sold at the Coon Rapids Costco between September 4th and the 7th.  Anyone with this beef product in their freezers should discard it immediately. 


A North Saint Paul priest is calling for a leadership change in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in response to recent allegations of sex abuse by the clergy.  Reverend Bill Deziel wrote in this week's Church of Saint Peter Bulletin calling for a "fresh start" in the archdiocese, and asking that it open the so-called "vault" of priest files for inspection by law enforcement, plus release the names of 33 priests accused of sexually abusing children.  Deziel also questions Archbishop John Nienstedt's judgment in selecting the Reverend Reginald Witt to head a commission investigating the church's handling of sexual abuse allegations, rather than launching an independent investigation.


Four anglers net nearly three-thousand dollars in fines for possessing over the legal limit of sunfish.  60-year-old George Stavish and 62-year-old Rolan Mammenga -- both of Randall -- 52-year-old Curt Atkisson of Staples and 54-year-old Rae Mammenga of Conesville, Iowa were all charged with possessing 21 more sunfish than allowed.  During the investigation conservation officers searched freezers at various locations and found bags of mostly frozen sunfish from Deer, Pickeral, Battle, Larson and Poplar Lakes.  Anyone witnessing a fish or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.  


The Red Bull Crashed Ice event is returning to St. Paul this winter for the third year in a row.  In January, more than 115,000 people turned out for it.  The 2014 Red Bull Crashed Ice event will will be February 20th through the 22nd.