132,000 pounds of ground beef recalled from stores in California and other states after E. coli outbreak


More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef recalled because of a possible E. coli contamination last week may have been sold in stores throughout the country, including in California, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The E. coli outbreak has killed one person and sickened 17 others. The beef items were produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions on June 21, the USDA said.

On Monday, the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club stores nationwide could be affected by the recall. Target stores in California, as well as Central Meat & Provision Co. in San Diego and Save Mart in Roseville, also may have received those beef products.


“This list may not include all retail locations that have received the recalled product or may include retail locations that did not actually receive the recalled product,” the USDA said on its website.

Recalled products include 3-, 10- and 20-pound tubes of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use-by or freeze-by dates.

Most people infected with this strain of E. coli develop bloody diarrhea and vomiting, the USDA said. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe.

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