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Beef recall: Check your refrigerator

Tom Jackson • Oct 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The  USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said beef and beef products from XL foods is being recalled from a variety of grocery stores.

The USDA’s list of affected grocery stores includes Walmart stores in Ohio, including Walmart supermarkets in Perkins Township, Norwalk and Port Clinton. In addition, it lists Kroger supermarkets in Ohio, although a Kroger spokeswoman said that’s an error and no local Kroger stores are affected.

The USDA said nationally the recall includes steaks, roasts and ground beef. It said Canadian inspectors reported the beef had been produced in unsanitary conditions and had an unusual high number of positive test results for E. coli bacteria.

A Walmart spokeswoman, Dianna Gee, said the only food products affected by the recall in Walmart’s Ohio stores are Great Value hamburger patties. Sam’s Club stores were not affected.

Customers can check their fridges and freezers for hamburger patties with the UPC codes 007874206246 and 7874201349.

All of the possibly problematic hamburger patties were yanked from the shelves days ago and everything on display now is safe, she said. There have been no reports of illnesses reported from Walmart meat products, she said.

As for Kroger, a spokeswoman for the chain’s Columbus division, which includes the Sandusky area, said the USDA list was in error.

None of the recalled beef is in stores in Ohio, said Kroger spokeswoman Amy McCormick.

She said the only stores Kroger owns that are affected by the recall are Fred Meyer, QFC and Smith’s stores  in the western part of the country.

The USDA’s spokesman did not return a phone call inquiring about the accuracy of its list.

Bob England, director of Environmental Health for Erie County’s health department, said his department contacted Wal-Mart and Kroger Tuesday to make sure the stores were aware of the recall announcement.

England said the health department routinely tracks food recall announcements to make sure that local groceries are aware of them.

“If we see something that’s a major recall in the Midwest, we want to be all over it,” England said. “We want to make sure we act on these things.”

The beef recall isn’t the only food recall affecting U.S. consumers.

Sunland, a company based in New Mexico, is recalling almond butter, peanut butter and other nut products that are sold under a variety of brand names, including Sunland, Archer Farms and Heinen’s.

The products may be tainted by Salmonella. Salmonella illnesses possibly related to the foods have been reported in 18 states but not in Ohio, the company said.


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