U.S. Beef Recall Reaches Colorado
A recall of beef across the U.S. has reached Colorado, where Sam’s Club stores have started calling members who may have recently bought beef. In addition to Sam’s Club stores, the meat was also sold at Wal-Mart stores throughout the nation.
The National Beef Packing Company in Dodge City, Kansas, has recalled around 60,000 pounds of beef because it could be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria.
An Associated Press report on KDVR.com says:
The recall includes ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011, with a freeze date of Aug. 12, and product codes 483, 684, 782, 785, 787. Also recalled are ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011, with a freeze date of Aug 14., bearing product codes 431, 471, 494. The USDA says the problem was discovered during testing at an Ohio facility that bought E. coli.
Reuters reports on MSNBC.com that, “Each box and chub bears the establishment number ‘Est. 262’ within the USDA mark of inspection.” Consumers need to be careful, as the products listed in the AP article maybe have been repackaged into smaller sizes and sold under different brand names. Food safety authorities advise people who plan to eat ground beef to do so only when it has been cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill the harmful bacteria.
According to the Associated Press article, Christi Davis Gallagher, a spokesperson for Sam’s Club, said the following:
At Sam’s Club, we’re committed to providing our members with safe, quality foods. As soon as we learned of the National Beef recall, we immediately notified our clubs to pull any affected product and began contacting our members that recently purchased this item. We also instituted a register lockdown to block any possible sales of the recalled items. Members who believe they still have affected ground beef product may return it to their local Sam’s Club for a full refund or call National Beef consumer hotline at 1-877-800-6848, with concerns.
In a comment below the KDVR.com article, a commenter under the username “crpg05” offers consumers another way to look at the problem, writing:
Read ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan for a better understanding of how this happens in our industrialized food system and what you can do to avoid it.