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Recalled Ground Beef Tied To Deadly Outbreak Sold At Meijer, Target, Sam's Club Stores In Michigan

September 26, 2018 - 2:32 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Recalled, and possibly tainted, ground beef was sold at Meijer, Sam's Club and Target stores in Michigan

That's according to the USDA's Food and Safety Inspection service, which said one person has died and 17 others have been sickened in an e. coli outbreak linked to the meat, which was packaged by Cargill Meat Solutions.

Included in the recall is about 32,000 lbs. of beef sold under multiple brand names in 3, 10 and 20-pound packages at retail stores nationwide. 

The following stores have been announced:

• Aldi Stores 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 Nationwide
• Target Nationwide
• Vons

There are concerns the meat may be stored in consumers' freezers.

The recall has been classified as a Class I recall, meaning there is a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." With that in mind, anyone who purchased any of the products listed below are urged to throw them away or return them to the store.

• 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646.
• 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653.
• 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749089098.
• 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749002751.
• 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749003536.
• 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749003568.
• 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773.
• 20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749073935.
• 10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749702416.
• 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749802405.
• 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 with case code 00228749802413.
• 10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a USE/FREEZE BY: 07/11/2018 with case code 90734730297241.

See product labels here

Most people infected with e. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting, and more severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline, available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.