Ground Beef Recall Expands Across U.S.

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A massive ground beef recall of products packed by National Beef Packing Co., LLC in Dodge City, Kan. expanded to stores in nearly 30 states today. The recall, which affects approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef, was first announced on August 12.

Ground beef meatballs

The USDA has listed Kroger, Publix, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and Winn Dixie stores in 28 states as of today as outlets where the contaminated beef has been available. However, they warn that that list may not be complete.

The list of products on the recall list includes ground chuck, ground beef patties, and, in the case of Kroger, some in-store made meatballs.

It's just another incident in what has been a summer filled with foodborne illnesses, said Richard J. Arsenault on the NBA Food Advocate. The government tries to stay on top of outbreaks, but agencies saddled with food safety management have a tough job to do:

The government has an even more challenging job because they are attempting to ensure not only the safety of the U.S. food supply, but of foods imported from other nations whose food safety standards may not be equivalent to our own. If you check out recalls by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) you may have noticed a rash of recalls for food items not produced or properly inspected upon importation.

Have you had to return beef as part of this recall? How safe do you feel when buying ground beef at your local grocery store? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She is also the Food Section Editor for BlogHer.

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