The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a National Beef recall on more than 60,000 pounds of ground beef. This is a Class I Recall with high health risk. National Beef Packing Co., an Ohio state-inspected facility, announced that there might have been an E. coli contamination of ground beef. 

This recall affects at least three major grocery store chains. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co.  The recalls are mainly in the southeastern regions of the U.S. and affects mainly the products sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee, but is not limited to these states because the meat could have been repackaged and sent to several other distributors.

There is the potential that some of the meat has been distributed to the meat packing companies in Detroit and Indianapolis and to Wal-Marts in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

The potentially contaminated ground beef was produced n July 23rd with a freeze date of August 12th. The packages that are at risk include:

– Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 684).


– Packages of eight 5-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 684).


– Packages of twelve 3-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 782 or 785).


– Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 80/20 fine ground chuck (product code 787).

Additionally, ground beef produced on July 25th with a freeze date of August 14th are included in the recall. The packages include the following:

– Packages of eight 10-pound chubs of National Beef 81/19 fine ground beef (product code 431).


– Packages of eight 10-pound chubs of National Beef 90/10 fine ground beef (product code 471).


– Packages of six 10-pound chubs of National Beef 86/14 fine ground beef (product code 494).

These products were shipped nationwide. The effects of this contamination are unknown because some of the potentially tainted products have already been repackaged into consumer-sized portions and sold under different brand names or labels.