USDA: Beef Recall Affects Southeastern U.S. - SLIDE SHOW

By: Associated Press; USDA
By: Associated Press; USDA

[UPDATE] LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 16,2011—

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 0029380200000 Seasoned Beef Meatballs
96643 0029664300000 Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)
96042 0029604200000 Ground Chuck Patties
96039 0029603900000 Ground Chuck
96640 0029664000000 Stuffed Peppers
93801 0029380100000 Seasoned Salisbury Steak
69282 0026928200000 Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties
72426 0027242600000 Mesquite Seasoned Chuck Patties
75526 0027552600000 Badia Seasoned Chuck Patties
77699 0027769900000 Steakhouse Ground Chuck Patties
98002 0029800200000 Jalapeno Burger
98003 0029800300000 Bacon & Cheddar Burger
97376 0029737600000 A/B Ground Chuck
98000 0029800000000 Blue Cheese Burger
98153 0029815300000 SC Bacon Cheddar Burger
69224 0026922400000 SC Seasoned Beef Meatball
98150 0029815000000 SC Blue Cheese Burger
69160 0026916000000 SC Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)
16683 0021668300000 SC Stuffed Peppers
16682 0021668200000 SC Pork, Beef, Ham Meatball
98001 0029800100000 Horseradish Cheddar Burger
69535 0026953500000 SC Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties
98151 0029815100000 SC Horseradish Burger
98152 0029815200000 SC Jalapeno Burger
99950 0029995000000 Ground Chuck Slider Patties
96043 0029604300000 Ground Chuck for Chili
96037 0029603700000 Beef and Pork for Meatloaf

These products contain ground chuck and were sold in Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Florida stores affected by the voluntary recall include the following counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Leon, Suwannee, Columbia, Alachua, Marion, Putnam, Clay, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval and Nassau.

Kroger Beef Recalls

Active Recalls

BEEF CHUCK PATTY 80-85% FAMILY PACK, 1 RW
BEEF CHUCK PATTIES 80-85% FLAVORSEAL, 4 PACK, 1 RW
BEEF CHUCK GROUND PATTY SEASONED, 1 RW
BEEF CHUCK GROUND 80/85, 1 RW
BEEF CHUCK GROUND PATTY SEASONED FAMILY PACK, 1 RW
KROGER FLAVORSEAL GROUND CHUCK, 5 LB CHUBS
BEEF CHUCK PATTIES 80-85% 4 PACK, 1 RW
BEEF MEAT LOAF SEASONED, 1 RW
BEEF CHUCK GROUND 80-85%, 1 RW
BEEF MEATBALLS SEASONED, 1 RW

Affected in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Knoxville, Tennessee stores.

Reason: This product may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 and, if eaten, could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume this product.

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[UPDATE] Thomasville, GA - August 15 - 4:35 PM --

Shoppers in south Georgia are voicing their concern over a meat recall that has blanketed the southeast.(8/14)

The USDA says National Beef Packaging Company recalled just over 60,000 pounds of ground meat due to a possible E. Coli outbreak (8/14)

Grocery stores Winn-Dixie, Publix, and Kroger have pulled the meat -- but some customers are still worried.

Leah Barnard buys and eats ground beef regularly.

Barnard says, "It's definitely kind of scary ... but I guess you've just got to be careful, and just look out for that. If it's not looking or smelling right, I'm not going to eat it."

WCTV spoke with a Publix employee in Thomasville who said the affected meat was pulled from their shelves 'three days ago.'

Below, possibly affected meats are listed.

The USDA says anyone who thinks they have symptoms of the E. Coli bacteria, which includes bloody diarrhea, should see a doctor.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 -

National Beef Packing Co. LLC, a Dodge City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

Ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 12, 2011:

Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 483.
Boxes containing eight 5-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 684.
Boxes containing twelve 3-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 782 or 785.
Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 787.

Ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 14, 2011:

Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 81/19 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 431.
Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 90/10 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 471.
Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 86/14 Fine Ground Round.” These can be identified by the product code 494.

Each box and chub bears the establishment number “Est. 262” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to distributors nationwide for further processing and/or distribution. It is important to note that the products listed above may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

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. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that 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.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- August 14, 2011

At least three major grocery store chains are recalling certain packages of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.

The recalls at Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc.
and Kroger Co. mainly in the southeastern U.S. stem from meat from
National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that
National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after
the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria.

The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia,
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but
the meat could have been distributed nationwide.

The agriculture department says there have been no reports of
illnesses. The company says it's investigating.

E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and other
problems.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Kayla Location: Tallahassee on Aug 16, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    I have bought three packages from the Publix on Ocala! They're on the list. People DO check the meat in Tallahassee even though its not a listed city.
  • by L.I.N. on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    I guess we still do not need regulations - let companies poison all of us and then steel form us.
  • by LM Location: Tall. on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    @ yuck on Aug 15, 2011 at 08:38 AM.... Ew. Seriously? Does anyone have any modesty anymore? Please tell me you're a troll.
  • by Anyman Location: Tally on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    Ecoli does not "grow" on packaged meat. It comes from the meat being contaminated by FECES during the processing. Either by the animals bringing it in on their hides (they stand around in their own and 1000 other cows feces for 6 months on the feed lot) or their intestines rupture on the kill floor and spread the feces on the meat. Hamburger is more susceptible and you have to cook it more than a steak because what is on the outside gets ground up into all of it so it is no longer just on the surface. Mayo clinic's definition: Definition By Mayo Clinic staff Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. You may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults can develop a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). as far as Kansas goes, IT's not neccessarily Kansas that is the Problem, thats just where the largest meat processing facilities are, for various reasons. -no big deal? HA! Go EAT YOUR FECES!! -Support KEVINS LAW!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Thanks for sharing!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    E.Coli & Microbiologist should have included the fact that all bacteria grows and colonizes quicker on groung beef(more surface area and hidden air pockets)than it does on solid chunks. I fault all of the stores who 'signed on' to meat processors gringing this stuff to be frozen and shipped hundreds of miles, thawed, refrozen, thawed and then eaten. Stop supporting doctors, hospitals, ImmodiumAD and funeral homes - go back to having sides of beef ground IN THE LOCAL STORES.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    I just ate a hamburger.
  • by By the way on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    What's with Kansas? In March a beef company called Creekstone Farms in KS had to recall over 7 tons of meat for E Coli!
  • by yuck on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    Does anyone know where TGI Fridays gets there ground beef? I had a burger from there last night that was undercooked and I've been sick every since. My diarrhea isn't bloody, but imodium doesn't seem to be working!!! Got an appt with the Doc later this afternoon.
  • by Denise Location: Tallahassee on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    If you have a compromised immune system for any reason, ecoli does make a BIG difference!!! You can DIE from it. Shame on everyone who said it was "no big deal".
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