The 2014 ground beef recall has spread to eastern Tennessee and Florida, which are the latest states effected by the massive meat recall. Officials believe it’s possible that the meat has been contaminated with E. coli.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the original beef recall was for about one million pounds, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service extended the meat recall to about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products on Monday. Of course, that’s still nothing compared to the nine million pounds of meat recalled during the rancher dispute.
The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service on Wednesday released a list of retailers in nine states that may have bad meat:
- Gordon Food Service Marketplace stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin
- Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida
- Giorgio’s Italian Delicatessen in Stuart, Florida
- M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan
- Buchtel Food Mart in Buchtel, Ohio
The list of all the places affected by the beef recall will be updated by the USDA as the investigation continues. So far, it’s suspected that 11 cases of illness can be connected to the tainted ground beef.
The contaminated meat includes the production dates between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014 with the code EST 2574B. The beef recall was categorized by the FSIS as “Class I,” which means it constitutes a “health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Chuck Sanger, a spokesman for Wolverine Packing, released a statement that explains why they voluntarily recalled their meat:
“While none of the Wolverine Packing product has tested positive for the pathogen implicated in this outbreak, the company felt it was prudent to take this voluntary recall action in response to the illnesses and initial outbreak investigation findings.”
Gordon Food services has also issued a statement:
“Upon learning of the recall, GFS Marketplace implemented standard recall procedures, which includes urgent notification to the stores with instructions to dispose of all recalled product and to display a recall notice. Gordon Food Service also posted the recall notice it received from Wolverine Packaging Co. on gfs.com. GFS Marketplace offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on everything we sell. Any customer that purchased the Fresh Premium Angus Beef Steakburger affected by the Wolverine Packaging Co. voluntary recall should discard any remaining product immediately. Customers will be issued a full refund of their purchase by bringing either their sales receipt or the product packaging to their local GFS Marketplace store.”