Recalled Beef Was Distributed to Colorado Stores


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Aug 11, 2008 08:20 PM PDT

DENVER - Some of the more than 1 millions pounds of recalled beef was delivered to two major Colorado retailers.  According to a representative from Coleman Natural, the recalled product was distributed to Kroger (King Soopers and City Market) and Whole Foods in Colorado. According to both retailers, the recalled product was pulled from store shelves beginning Saturday, August 9.

Whole Foods denies the reports telling NEWSCHANNEL 13 that none of the beef was sold at its Colorado stores. Whole Foods Market's national office announced a voluntary recall of ground beef, thought to be sourced from Coleman Natural Beef.  This recall is limited to 24 states and Colorado is NOT one of those engaged in the recall,"says Jen Marshall of Whole Foods.

Whole Foods says its concern is the number of shoppers who will misunderstand the news reports on this issue and mistakenly think the ground beef sold in their local Whole Foods Market in this region is at risk of E.coli.

The announcement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Consumer Protection Division came Monday.  It says Nebraska Beef, Ltd., an Omaha, Neb., establishment has recalled approximately 1.2 million pounds of beef - including primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef - that may be contaminated with E. coli.

These beef products were produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008. The shipping containers and product labels on the recalled products bear the establishment number "EST. 19336" inside the U. S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection, as well as the brand name "Coleman Natural." However, since these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and repackaging, some of the meat likely will not bear the "EST. 19336" number on products that were available for direct consumer purchase.

Daniel Rifkin, manager of the Wholesale Food Program with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, advises consumers, "Because the product may have been further processed and repackaged at the place of purchase, anyone who suspects they may have product from these stores prior to the recall should not consume the product and return it to the place of purchase."

The problem was discovered through a joint investigation with state departments of health and agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. To date, 31 cases in 12 states and Canada have been identified in the investigation. There has been one confirmed case in Colorado, located in the Denver-metro area.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact James Timmerman, vice president of administration at Coleman Natural, at 402-733-0456. Media with questions about the recall can contact company representative William Lamson at 402-397-7300.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional. 

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the Food Safety and Inspection Service virtual representative available 24 hours a day at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Consumers can also call Daniel Rifkin at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-3644.



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