The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a ground beef recall affecting approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The ground beef was produced by Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado, the same company that produced the ground beef subject to last month’s recall.
The affected meat was produced and packaged on June 21, 2018, and shipped across the country. The problem was discovered on Aug. 30 in connection with the investigation into a recall of ground beef products sold at Publix, which indicated that ground beef purchased at Publix had been supplied by Cargill. Then, on Sept. 19, FSIS announced the Cargill Meat Solutions Class I (meaning high-risk) recall.
What grocery stores have been affected?
Publix isn’t the only supermarket to be hit by the ground beef recall. The following chains are also affected (as well as these local retail outlets around the country):
- Aldi in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin
- FoodMaxx Stores in California
- Meijer nationwide
- Pak N Save Stores in California
- Safeway/Albertson’s nationwide
- Sam’s Club Stores in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia
- Target nationwide
- Vons Stores in California
How to tell if you have recalled ground beef products
The ground beef was sold in late June and early July, so we hope it’s no longer in your fridge. But please check your freezer for “FINE GRIND” ground beef products that bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the round USDA mark of inspection and a “use or freeze by” date of July 11.
You can view the labels here. The FDA recommends that you either throw away or return the affected ground beef to the place of purchase immediately. Do not cook or consume this product.
(Did you know you can grind your own beef without a food processor? Here’s how.)
How to protect your family from E. coli
Staying up to date with current recalls is an important step. But it’s impossible to predict what the next food recall might be, so it’s smart to keep up good food safety at home.
- Wash all produce properly.
- Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and produce.
- Cook meats to the recommended temperature (ground beef products should be cooked to a temperature of 160°F).
- Help your family maintain good hand-washing habits after handling raw meat, poultry and eggs.
For more tips and information, head over to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.