Ground Beef E. coli Recall at Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons and Winco

A ground beef E. coli recall includes 1-lb and 3-lb chubs sold at Walmart, Winco, the Kroger family of stores (see below), and under the Signature Farms brand at Albertsons family of stores. These include: Albertsons, Acme Markets, Andronico’s, Carrs, Haggen, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Pavillions, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, United Supermarkets and Vons.

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The recalled meat was produced on December 20, 2021, by Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. of Clackamas, OR, and shipped to retail locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. All of the recalled ground beef has the establishment number “EST. 965” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label.

Walmart has posted additional recall information on its website. Walmart locations affected by the recall are located in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Ground beef E. coli recall at Walmart, WinCo, Albertsons and KrogerE. coli Recalls, Outbreaks, Lawsuits

All meat and poultry can become contaminated during slaughter or processing. But grinding meat mixes any bacteria on the surface of cuts throughout the product. That’s why ground beef and poultry pose a heightened risk of food poisoning. Ground beef is the most common source of E. coli outbreaks in the U.S.

E. coli O157:H7 is the strain most often associated with recalls and outbreaks. It is one of a group of E. coli strains that produce a Shiga toxin, which is poisonous to humans. Because of the poison they produce, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) often cause severe illness that requires hospitalization.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection usually develop within one to three days of exposure. They include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. STEC infections are also associated with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), complications of E. coli infections that both cause kidney failure.

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Six STEC strains are responsible for the bulk of E. coli illnesses in the U.S. A decade ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made it illegal to sell meat or poultry contaminated with these strains. So, any meat or poultry product contaminated with on the “Big Six” STEC must be recalled. Contamination is discovered through routine testing or when illnesses are reported.

Consumer Reports Discovers the Problem

In this case, it was discovered through testing. Consumer Reports is collecting and testing ground beef from grocery stores. A package of Kroger-brand ground beef they purchased from a Fred Meyer supermarket in Seattle tested positive E. coli called O157:H7.  Consumer Reports notified Kroger about the finding.

Kroger ground beef e. coli recallThe Kroger family of stores includes Baker’s, City Market, Dillon’s, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Grebes, Harris Teeter, JayC, King Soopers, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Owen’s, Pay Less, QFC, Ralph’s, Roundy’s, Ruler and Smith’s. A Kroger spokesperson told Consumer Reports that Interstate Meat supplies ground beef to its Fred Meyer and QFC supermarkets in the Pacific Northwest.

The day after Consumer Reports published a story about its finding, Interstate Meat issued a recall for 28,356 pounds of ground beef products sold under four brand names.

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