Whole Foods issues small recall of ground beef

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Whole Foods Markets in South Weymouth, Mass. And Newton, Mass. recalled 368 lbs. of ground-beef products on concerns the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported.

FSIS was notified about an investigation into E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on June 25. The agency, working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, established a link between ground beef products purchased at Whole Foods Market and three cases of E. coli infection.

Illness onset dates range from June 13 to June 25. A traceback investigation revealed that all three individuals consumed ground beef purchased from two Whole Foods Market locations before they became sick.

FSIS said the agency and Whole Foods are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. The recall includes 295 lbs. of ground beef products produced on June 8 and June 10 at the Newton location, and 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced on June 21 at the South Weymouth location.
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