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E. Coli Fear Prompts Ground Beef Recall


Just when you thought it had subsided for a while, the foodborne-illness scare starts all over again. This time, it’s ground beef. On Monday Supervalu Inc. recalled the meat products sold in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot stores because it is reportedly tainted with E. Coli, according to a news report posted on NBC San Diego’s website.

Most of the contaminated ground beef was sold under the Moran’s label at Albertsons stores in the states of California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as Save-A-Lot stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. Albertsons 90/10 Sirloin fresh hamburger patties were also among the meat that was recalled.

The beef products reportedly have sell-by dates from April 20 through May 7 and included Moran’s brand 1-pound to 5-pound meat packages under UPC numbers 34779 60501, 34779 96000, 34779 91000, 34779 60010, 34779 96194 and 34779 21117, according to the news article. This recall is an expansion of another similar recall that occurred on Sunday by United Food Group, a meat supplier. That company recalled 75,000 pounds of ground beef tainted by E. Coli. This meat was reportedly sold at Grocery Outlet, Fry’s, Save-Mart, Smart and Final, Smith’s and Stater Bros. stores.

Over the last eight months, this country has seen an unprecedented number of foodborne-illness related recalls. First there was the spinach and lettuce tainted with E. Coli. Then there was the salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. Soon after that, thousands of pets were seriously sickened or killed because of contaminated pet food.

E. Coli has severe and painful symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control. Symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea along with many others.

On May 5th I hosted a BBQ for my men’s group at my home. I served hamburgers of Moran’s ground beef from our local Albertsons that was purchased on the third or fourth of May. Luckily none of the meat was tainted. At least, to my knowledge, none of the men in attendance came down with food poisoning.

Customers can return the tainted beef products to the store for a full refund or exchange. If you have questions about the recall, call United Food Group’s hotline at 800-325-4164. If you have questions about foodborne- illnesses or if you believe you have a case against a food manufacturer or a restaurant, call me, John Bisnar of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, for a free consultation at 1-800-259-6373.

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