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Cargill Inc. Recalls Over 1 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Due to E. Coli

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Cargill Inc. said Saturday, November 3, that it is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The ground beef was produced between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 at Cargill Meat Solutions’ plant in Wyalusing, Pa. and distributed to retailers across the country. They include Giant, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans and Weis.

The problem was found when the Agriculture Department discovered a sample of beef contaminated with E. coli on October 8. So far there have no illnesses have been reported to the company. Cargill says they are working with the USDA to remove all the beef from store’s shelves.

Products that are being recalled:
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–3.0-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1- pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef Patty.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 85/15 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 93/7 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Century Farm 96/4 Extra Lean Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/31/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Century Farm 85/15 Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date 10/19/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 93/7 Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Chuck Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Chuck Ground Beef for Chili.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm Meatloaf Mix, Beef, Pork and Veal with Natural Flavors.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–1.25- pound packages of “Giant 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–3.0- pound packages of “Giant 75/25 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.25-pound packages of “Giant 80/20 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–3.0-pound packages of “Giant 80/20 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Chuck Beef Patties 80/20.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or10/22/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Beef Patties 92/8.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/22/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Beef Patties 85/15 – Certified Angus Beef Brand.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/22/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Round Beef Patties 85/15.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/22/2007.
–3.0-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 80% Lean 20% Fat, Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–3.0-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 85% Lean 15% Fat, Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 93% Lean 7% Fat, Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 93% Lean 7% Fat, Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 96% Lean 4% Fat, Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.25- pound packages of “Stop & Shop 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–5.0- pound packages of “Stop & Shop 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.25-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–1.25-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 85/15 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.2-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 87/13 Ground Beef Sirloin, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1- pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.0-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–2.6-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–2.5-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007.
–2.5-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 93/7 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Wegmans 80/20 Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Wegmans 90/10 Ground Beef Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/22/2007.
–3.0- pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 73/27 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1- pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 80/20 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–3- pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 80/20 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007 or 11/03/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 85/15 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–2.0 and 3.0 -pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 85/15 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–2-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 93/7 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 93/7 Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 96/4 Ground Beef Extra Lean.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 90/10 Ground Beef Sirloin Patties.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats Meatloaf Mix, Beef, Pork and Veal with Natural Flavors.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 80/20 Ground Beef for Chili.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Meat Loaf Mix, Made with Beef, Pork, Veal, with Natural Flavors.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/22/2007.
–1.25-pound packages of “Meatloaf Mix, A Blend of Fresh Ground Beef, Pork & Veal, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–Various weight packages of “85/15 Coarse Ground Beef for Chili Meat, All Natural.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/2007.
–1.3-pound packages of “Ground Beef Chuck for Chili 80/20.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/19/2007 or 10/22/2007.
–1.3 pound packages of “Price Rite 85% Lean, 15% Fat Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3 pound packages of “Price Rite 80% Lean, 20% Fat Ground Beef.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 11/03/2007.
–1.3 pound packages of “Price Rite Meat loaf mix.” Each package bears a Use by/freeze by date of 10/31/207 or 11/03/2007.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacterium that resides in human intestines. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, one particular strain, E. coli O157:H7, which is what was found in one sample of Cargill’s beef, produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.