According to Los Angeles AP, for the third time in a week, a meat supplier has expanded a ground beef recall to include about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat because they may be contaminated with E. coli.  David Goldman, acting administrator of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, announced on Saturday that the recall would be expanded to include products with sell-by dates from April 6-April 20. The beef was distributed by California-based United Food Group LLC. Goldman said that none of the latest batch of suspect beef is in stores now because the product would be well past its expiration date, but consumers may still have some of the meat at home.

It is important for consumers to look in their freezers,” Goldman said.

You really must feel good when your governent’s response to 5,000,000 pounds of meat being recalled, and over a dozen illnesses, is for us to "look in their freezers."  Seven recalls and seven outbreaks in seven weeks.  I am looking forward to asking these meat executives (under oath) why this is happening again.

5.7 Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled Due To E. coli

Fourteen illnesses reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control were referred to the USDA, which confirmed they might be linked to the ground beef in question. There are three cases in California, six in Arizona, two in Colorado, one in Utah, one in Idaho and one in Wyoming.

The recalled products were distributed in 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The ground beef subject to this expanded recall was produced at United Food Group’s facility in Vernon, California, from April 6th through April 20th, and was distributed under the brand names Moran’s All Natural, Miller Meat Company, Stater Brothers, Inter-American Products and Basha’s.

The affected grocery stores included Albertson’s, Basha’s, Grocery Outlet, Fry’s, “R” Ranch Markets, Save-A-Lot, Save-Mart, Scolari’s Wholesale Markets, Smart and Final, Smith’s, Stater Bros. and Superior Warehouse.