Whole Foods Market Recalls Ground Beef
E. coli Risk Prompts Whole Foods to Issue Recall
Aug. 11, 2008 -- Whole Foods Market is recalling fresh ground beef sold
between June 2 and Aug. 6 in certain states because of possible
contamination with E. coli bacteria.
E. coli bacteria can cause diarrhea, which may be bloody, as well as
stomach cramps and vomiting. Most people recover within five to seven days, but
some cases may be severe or life-threatening; infants, elders, and people with
weak immune systems are particularly at risk.
According to a Whole Foods news release, illnesses allegedly linked to
ground beef from Whole Foods Market are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The
Whole Foods ground beef recall includes stores in:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
If you've got any of the suspect ground beef in your refrigerator or
freezer, return it to your Whole Foods store with the packaging or receipt for
a full refund. If you're going grocery shopping, know that Whole Foods stores
have already pulled suspect ground beef off their store shelves.
Whole Foods voluntarily issued the ground beef recall as a precaution
because of concerns about Coleman Natural Beef processed by Nebraska Beef
E. coli risk spurred Nebraska Beef to recall about 531,700 pounds of
beef used to make ground beef. That recall included beef sent to Kroger stores.
According to the Whole Foods news release, Coleman Natural Beef had assured
Whole Foods that products sent to Whole Foods stores weren't linked to the
recall, but Whole Foods now questions those assurances.
Coleman Natural, as the company is
now called, sold their beef business to another firm, Meyer Natural Angus, in
April. As part of that deal, Meyer Natural Angus may use the Coleman brand name
for a year.
The suspect beef at Whole Foods
isn't Coleman's beef, Katie Coakley, a spokeswoman for Coleman Natural, tells
WebMD. "It's not our beef because we don't have any beef
anymore," Coakley says.