United Food Group recalls 5.7 million lbs of beef
June 11, 2007
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — United Food Group, L.L.C. has recalled approximately 5.7 million lbs of fresh and frozen ground beef products that were produced between April 6 and April 20 due to concerns of E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
After an investigation by the California Department of Health Services and the Colorado Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control, the original recall was issued on June 3 and has since been expanded.
The recall is for products shipped to retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Some fresh ground beef was shipped and sold under different retail brand names, and some fresh ground beef patties also were shipped to retailers and sold with retail brand names, expanding the recall beyond products with the manufacturer’s label.
There have been illnesses reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. The affected individuals became ill between April 25 and May 18, and all have recovered.
Based on shelf life dates, the fresh beef products produced on April 20 should have no longer been sold in grocery stores after May 11, and the fresh beef produced before April 20 would have become unavailable at an even earlier date. However, these products could still be frozen in consumer’s freezers.