EDISON - Authorities say a Pennsylvania company has recalled about 8,500 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that Cargill Meat Solutions, based out of Wyalusing, Pa., is recalling meat that was shipped to eight states, including New Jersey.

The USDA believes certain BJ's Wholesale Club stores in these states have received the tainted meat including a store on Route 37 in Toms River. The meat has a use-or-freeze-by date of July 1, 2010.

Two E. coli-related illnesses have been reported in Maine and one in New York. Federal inspectors have tied the illnesses to the recalled beef.

E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The USDA recommends that ground beef be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

For more on the recall, go to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website.

AP wires contributed to this report.