Beef Recall E Coli

August 15, 2011 by staff 

Beef Recall E ColiBeef Recall E Coli, Over 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major supermarket chains in the southeast have been recalled due to possible contamination of E. coli.

The beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. Dodge City, Kansas and sold by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co.

The USDA says that routine testing in a Ohio Department of Agriculture of the facility revealed E. coli 0157: H7. Research has also identified the National Beef Packing Co. as the only source of contaminated ground beef.

The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from contaminated ground beef.

E. Coli 0157: H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and in severe cases, kidney failure.

Children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli.

What to do Authorities say the withdrawal of ground beef products sold affects primarily in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee. But the meat was also sent to various dealers and may have been packaged for sale throughout the country.

In Kroger, the recalled products include ground beef, beef patties and meatballs and meatloaf made in stores. The packages have a “sell by” date of July 29 through August 12 and sold in stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tennessee
At Publix, the products are meatballs, meatloaf, ground beef patties, hamburgers prepared, stuffed peppers, seasoned Salisbury steak, and other ground beef products with “sell” the dates of July 25 through 12 August. The products are sold in stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
A Winn-Dixie, the recalled products include ground plate and pies with “sell by” dates between July 31 and August 12.
People should return any affected product from ground beef to its stores for a full refund.

USDA officials recommended that all products of ground beef be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees to kill potentially harmful bacteria.

For more information about the recall, contact the National Beef (816) from 713 to 8631.

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