These Popular Grocery Stores Are Recalling Over 28,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Due to Possible E. coli Contamination

published Jan 10, 2022
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If you’ve recently bought ground beef, you may want to go check the label right now. More than 28,000 pounds have now been recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for possible E. coli contamination.

The products, which were produced by Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. on December 20, were shipped to WinCo, Walmart, Kroger, and Albertsons stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Photos of the affected products can be found on the USDA website. All of the recalled items have a use/freeze by date of January 11, 2022 and are marked with the establishment number, “EST. 965” — which can be found on the label next to that date or inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

According to the recall notice, if you’ve purchased one of these products, you should not consume it. Instead, return it to the place of purchase or just throw it away. 

You don’t want to take a chance with items that could be contaminated by E. coli. The USDA classifies their announcement as a “Class I” recall, which they define as a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” Symptoms of E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

If you have any questions or need more information, check the USDA website or call Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. directly at 503-65-6168.

Once you know your ground beef is safe to eat and has not been affected by the recall, try our recipe for Easy Ground Beef Tacos or treat yourself to these super decadent Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries. And, while you’re checking out your kitchen for that recalled meat, don’t forget to clean out any Dole salads and Trader Ming’s Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup, too.