E. Coli Scare Prompts Winn Dixie Ground Beef Recall
August 4, 2013
Winn-Dixie has announced a voluntary recall of its Fresh 93% Lean Ground Beef due to possible E. coli contamination. The voluntary recall comes on the heels of a larger recall put into motion by the National Beef Packing Company.
“E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure,” according to a Winn Dixie media release. “The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.”
The Winn Dixie Fresh 93% Lean Ground Beef was sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi with UPC codes 20167100000 and 24370700000. All package sizes and sell by dates are included in the recall. The potentially contaminated meat was shipped to Winn-Dixie stores after July 18.
“We encourage customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled item and to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their store,” said Brian Wright, Winn-Dixie’s corporate communications senior director. “Customers who purchased the product may visit their neighborhood Winn-Dixie to request a full refund, no questions asked.”
To receive the refund, customers may present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Customers with questions about the recalled products may contact the Winn-Dixie Customer Call Center toll free at 866-946-6349, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT.