Health Recall for Ground Beef Affects South Carolina Stores
According to the US Department of Agriculture, a Kansas company has issued a health recall for 50,000 pounds of lean ground beef they believe to possibly be contaminated with E. coli.
The National Beef Packing Company sold the beef, which was sent to retailers, wholesalers, and distributers across the country. Grocery stores across the nation are quickly removing the product and alerting customers, including Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo stores.
The product was shipped to stores on July 18th.
Both grocery store chains announced the health recall on Thursday, April 1st. Winn-Dixie is recalling their 93 Percent Lean Ground Beef from all their stores, which include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Bi-Lo has issued a health recall for the same product in their Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee stores.
Neither store has reported any illnesses, and no illnesses nationally have been linked to the meat.
Affected products include:
· 10 lb. chub of “National Beef” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
· 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404
National Beef also recalled 23,000 pounds of beef in June due to E. coli contamination. There is still no word on what caused the contamination in the beef.
Defective Products Can Lead to Health Recalls
Every year, thousands of consumers catch serious illnesses from food-borne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. Unsafe manufacturing techniques, poorly-cleaned processing equipment, unwashed hands, imported foods, and cross-contamination have all led to health recalls of food products in the last several years. Sometimes, the health recall comes too late, and consumers because perilously ill, and even die, because of food-borne pathogens.
Consumers that have been harmed by defective products such as food, drugs, medical devices, or other products, may be eligible to receive legal remedies. Such legal remedies, or damages, may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of physical capacity, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Punitive damages are also available in many jurisdictions to punish defendants in those cases involving particularly egregious conduct which demonstrates a reckless or wanton disregard for the safety of the public.
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