Meat Recall Linked to E. coli Includes S.C. stores
Certain packages of ground beef sold at Kroger, Winn-Dixie and Publix included
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently found E. coli in packages of ground beef processed by National Beef Packaging Company of Dodge City, Kan., and sold mainly in the Southeast through Kroger, Winn-Dixie and Publix grocery stores.
Management at the Publix on East Butler Road in Mauldin said the necessary precuations have been taken and that any affected products have been removed from shelves. Publix released a statement regarding the recall. It has been posted at the bottom of the article.
So far no illnesses have been reported from the contamination, but E. coli can lead to bloody diarrhea and other health problems and can even be deadly.
A full list of the affected products sold through Publix stores is available here.
The USDA statement about the recall is available here.
Statement from Publix:
Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for assorted varieties of products that contain ground chuck because it may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7. This is an expansion of National Beef Packing Company’s voluntary recall of ground beef product produced at its Dodge City, Kansas production facility. The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture at a state-inspected facility that had purchased these products for further processing. A traceback investigation revealed that the slaughter facility, National Beef Packing Co. products were the sole source for the positive product sample.
Consumption of products containing E. coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Publix is recalling the following random weight products produced at Publix retail meat departments with sell-by-dates between July 25 and August 12, 2011:
Item | GTIN / UPC | Product Description
93802 | 002-93802-00000 | Seasoned Beef Meatballs
96643 | 002-96643-00000 | Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)
96042 | 002-96042-00000 | Ground Chuck Patties
96039 | 002-96039-00000 | Ground Chuck
96640 | 002-96640-00000 | Stuffed Peppers
93801 | 002-93801-00000 | Seasoned Salisbury Steak
69282 | 002-69282-00000 | Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties
72426 | 002-72426-00000 | Mesquite Seasoned Chuck Patties
75526 | 002-75526-00000 | Badia Seasoned Chuck Patties
77699 | 002-77699-00000 | Steakhouse Ground Chuck Patties
98002 | 002-98002-00000 | Jalapeno Burger
98003 | 002-98003-00000 | Bacon & Cheddar Burger
97376 | 002-97376-00000 | A/B Ground Chuck
98000 | 002-98000-00000 | Blue Cheese Burger
98153 | 002-98153-00000 | SC Bacon Cheddar Burger
69224 | 002-69224-00000 | SC Seasoned Beef Meatball
98150 | 002-98150-00000 | SC Blue Cheese Burger
69160 | 002-69160-00000 | SC Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)
16683 | 002-16683-00000 | SC Stuffed Peppers
16682 | 002-16682-00000 | SC Pork, Beef, Ham Meatball
98001 | 002-98001-00000 | Horseradish Cheddar Burger
69535 | 002-69535-00000 | SC Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties
98151 | 002-98151-00000 | SC Horseradish Burger
98152 | 002-98152-00000 | SC Jalapeno Burger
99950 | 002-99950-00000 | Ground Chuck Slider Patties
96043 | 002-96043-00000 | Ground Chuck for Chili
96037 | 002-96037-00000 | Beef and Pork for Meatloaf
These products contain ground chuck and were sold in Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.