Beef recall expanded to 5.7 million pounds in 11 states
The Associated Press reports that a meat supplier has greatly expanded a ground beef recall, which now includes about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat that may be contaminated with E. coli. The recall has been expanded to include products with sell-by dates from April 6-April 20. The beef, sold in 11 Western states, was distributed by California-based United Food Group LLC. The meat has been blamed for an E. coli outbreak in the Western states that resulted in 14 illnesses, spanning April 25 through May 18. All the patients have recovered. Last Wednesday, United Food Group expanded an initial recall of 75,000 pounds of ground beef, adding another 370,000 pounds based on "unspecified concerns" raised by the California State Department of Health Services. This meat had sell-by dates from April 29-May 6. The recalled products were shipped to stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They were sold under the brand names Moran''s All Natural, Miller Meat Company, Stater Bros., Trader Joe''s Butcher Shop, Inter-American Products Inc. and Basha''s. The affected grocery stores included Albertson''s, Basha''s, Grocery Outlet, Fry''s, "R" Ranch Markets, Save-A-Lot, Save-Mart, Scolari''s Wholesale Markets, Smart and Final, Smith''s, Stater Bros. and Superior Warehouse.