July 9, 2020

E. Coli Outbreak Triggers 900 Ton Recall of Restaurant Ground Beef

An E.coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in four states has triggered a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products produced for restaurant use by Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The ground beef products were produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014. FSIS said the size of the recall stems from "lack of microbiological independence between lot production, as well as a deficiency in supportive record-keeping by distributors." The USDA has released 97-page list of recalled products, including beef patties and Angus burgers.  A list of retailers that received the recalled meat will be posted when possible, the agency said. The recalled products … [Read more...]

Costco in Minnesota Recalls Ground Beef for E. coli O157:H7

The Costco in Coon Rapids, Minnesota is recalling an undetermined amount of lean fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The product is 383 units of 88% lean fresh ground beef (88/12). It bears the Costco item number 33724 under the Costco label. This product was sold directly to 342 customers in the Costco located at 12547 Riverdale Boulevard in Coon Rapids between September 4 and September 7, 2013. There is a link between this ground beef and illness. Based on epidemiological and trace-back investigations, one person has been identified in Minnesota who had an illness onset date of September 29, 2013. The product was prepared from bull meat and finely ground meat from othe Costco Wholesale plant in Tracy, California, and bench trim prepared at the Costco … [Read more...]

More Canadian Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

More ground beef products have been recalled in Canada for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. This is the fourth time this recall has been expanded. The beef was produced by Belmont Meats. Some of the recalled products are associated with an outbreak, but these two products have not been associated with any illnesses to date. The products are sold frozen. The newly recalled products are Sunspun Bearpaw-shaped beef burgers in 4.54 kg packages. The best before date is 2014-02-24 B## BMP EST. 112 where ## is a variable number. The UPC number is 0 60383 09052 4. They were sold in Ontario in Loblaws, nofrills, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Extra Foods, Fortinos, Freshmart, AXEP and Cash & Carry stores. In Atlantic, … [Read more...]

In Canada, Kirkland Ground Beef Recall for E. coli Expands

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling an additional Kirkland Signature ground beef product after the original recall on October 12, 2013. The product was sold only from the Costco warehouse in Lethbridge, Alberta. Kirkland Signature lean ground beef, 15% fat or less, in variable sizes and with variable UPC numbers, is recalled. The pack date is 13/OC/07, and sell by date is 13/OC/08. Food contaminated with E. coli bacteria will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. The recall notice does not state what type of E. coli bacteria is in this beef; it just says "pathogenic E. coli bacteria." If you have purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard it in a tightly sealed container so animals can't get at it, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Winn Dixie, Aldi, Big Y Sold Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The USDA has released the names of more stores that sold ground beef products sold by National Beef Packing Company that have been recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled last week. The beef has the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chain stores that sold the beef include Winn Dixie stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Bi-LO stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee also sold it. Super Bi-LO stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee sold the recalled product. Big Y stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts sold the ground beef. Aldi stores in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia sold the beef. Independent … [Read more...]

Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli Sold at Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie

Last week we told you about the recall of National Beef Packing Company ground beef for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The USDA has released the recall distribution list for retail outlets where the beef was sold. The beef has the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was sold in 10 pound chubs under the names "National Beef", "NatureSource", and "NatureWell". The ground beef was sold at Bi-Lo stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It was also sold at Super Bi-Lo stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Finally, it was sold at Winn Dixie stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. If you purchased this beef, do not consume it. Discard it in a sealed container, or return it to … [Read more...]

E. coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in Canada Grows to Eight Patients

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that another person has been sickened in the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled Gourmet Meat Shoppe frozen beef burgers. The case count is now as follows: Ontario (4), Alberta (2), Manitoba (1), Saskatchewan (1). All of the patients are recovering or have recovered. All of the recalled burgers have been removed from store shelves, but consumers most likely still have some in their home freezers. Public health officials are asking that you check your freezer to see if you have the recalled products. If you do, throw them out or return them to the store. Do not eat them.The symptoms of an E. coli 0157:H7 infection include severe stomach cramps, watery and/or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and a mild fever. Up to ten percent of … [Read more...]

Salmonella In Ground Beef Sickens 3, Hospitalizes 1 In Wisconsin

A five-state Salmonella outbreak linked to tainted ground beef has sickened three people in Wisconsin and hospitalized one, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS). One of the case patients is a child. Those who became ill are from three counties: Oneida county, in the northeast part of the state; and Waukesha and Fon du Lac counties in the southeast part of the state. WDHS says they are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and federal health officials in an ongoing investigation of the outbreak. A total of 16 people in five states have been sickened by the outbreak, announced Friday, January 25 by the CDC. The cases by state are as follows: Arizona (1), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (9), and Wisconsin (3). Seven … [Read more...]

There Ought To Be A Law: Salmonella in Raw Ground Beef Is Legal

For the third year in a row, ground beef tainted with Salmonella has caused a multi-state food poisoning outbreak. At least 16 people in five states have developed Salmonella infections after eating tainted ground beef, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday. Seven of these people became so sick they needed to be hospitalized. Last year, 46 people in nine states were part of a ground beef Salmonella outbreak, 12 of those people required hospitalization. And in 2011, eight of the 20 people sickened in a seven-state outbreak were hospitalized. By these accounts, and many other reports of single-state outbreaks, it’s clear that Salmonella in ground beef is a serious public health threat. So why is it legal to sell raw beef that’s contaminated with … [Read more...]

5 E. coli Ground Beef Recalls in 8 Months

When an E.coli outbreak linked to ground beef produced by Glenn’s Market and Catering in Watertown, WI, prompted a January 15 recall, it was the fifth time in eight months that ground beef was recalled for possible E.coli contamination. E.coli and ground beef is a combination that often has serious results. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a study of foodborne illness outbreaks in 2009 and 2010. Of the 11 multi-state outbreaks where a food source could be identified, two were linked to ground beef. Eight of the 43 recalls prompted by outbreaks during were for ground beef. And during that time period, E.coli in beef accounted for 46 hospitalizations and three deaths. It was illness that prompted an investigation into the most recent recall. After … [Read more...]

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