Publix recalls ground chuck over E. coli concerns

Lee Herald Favicon 16Publix has issued a recall for ground beef that could be tainted with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

In a Thursday bulletin, the USDA said that the grocery chain issued a voluntary recall on ground chuck products, which includes both the beef on its own and preformed or preseasoned burger and meatball products from their meat department.

The recall covers 24 Florida counties, including Lee and Collier, according to the bulletin, and covers any of the following products purchased between June 25 and July 31:

-Ground Chuck
-Ground Chuck Burgers
-Gourmet Burgers(Jalapeno & Cheddar, Pimento & Cheese, Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, Swiss & Mushroom)
-Seasoned Ground Chuck Burgers(Badia, Mesquite, Montreal, Steakhouse)
-Meatballs(Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, Swiss & Mushroom, and Spanish)
-Meatloaf(Seasoned and Grillers)
-Sliders(Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Ground Chuck, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, and Swiss & Mushroom)
-Stuffed Peppers

In a statement, the chain said that any products returned to the store that fall within those purchase dates will receive a full refund. The company and USDA recommend the products either be returned or thrown out.

“Food safety is our top priority. We have been working closely with various federal agencies as we share the common goal of maintaining food safety and public health. We urge our customers to make sure they no longer have ground chuck products purchased in the affected Florida counties from June 25 through July 31 in their freezers,” Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director, said in a prepared statement. “Customers should dispose of the product or bring it in for a full refund.”

An investigation, completed on Aug. 16, determined that 18 people became sick from E. coli between July 5 and 25. The supplier of the meat is not currently known, but the USDA says that the organization and the store are working to find the source.

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