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Aug 11, 2008 08:20 PM PDT
Whole Foods denies the reports telling NEWSCHANNEL 13 that
none of the beef was sold at its
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
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
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 AskKaren.gov. 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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