Whole Foods ground beef recall

8/12/2008:

For those that shop at Whole Foods in Edgewater, NJ or elsewhere, might be interested in this ground beef recall:

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Whole Foods Market Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Ground Beef

Recall in Select States in Response to State, Federal Investigations of E. coli Outbreak

Austin, Texas. August 8, 2008. Today, Whole Foods Market announced a voluntary recall in select states of the fresh ground beef it has sold between June 2 and August 6, 2008 because of a concern that it may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Whole Foods Market is informed that the beef in question apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. At the time of the previous recall, Whole Foods Market received assurances from Coleman Natural Beef that no product delivered to Whole Foods Market was linked to the recall. Those assurances are now in question and Whole Foods Market is actively investigating the issue. At this time, no Coleman Natural Beef fresh ground beef products from the Nebraska Beef processing facility are available in any Whole Foods Market stores.

“While Coleman Natural Beef is a relatively small supplier for Whole Foods Market, we are extremely disappointed that we must now question Coleman’s assurances,” said Edmund Lamacchia, global vice president of procurement.

See the rest of the press release after the jump.

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Neither Coleman Natural Beef or Nebraska Beef are owned or operated by Whole Foods Market.

At this time, although the illnesses allegedly linked to Whole Foods Market are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, it is broadening the voluntary recall to the following states out of an abundance of caution: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D. C., Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Canada.

The recalls come as a result of investigations into confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 contamination in Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The investigations include supermarkets Dorothy Lane and Kroger, as well as beef suppliers and processors such as Coleman Natural Beef and Nebraska Beef, and are still ongoing as state and federal agencies work to determine the source of the outbreak. As a precaution, on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, Whole Foods Market voluntarily pulled shipments of beef from this vendor from its stores nationwide.

Whole Foods Market asks customers who may have ground beef purchased during these dates (including in the freezer) to dispose of the product and return to the store with the packaging or receipt for a full refund.

“At Whole Foods Market, one of our top priorities is consumer safety, and we go to great lengths to ensure the safety and quality of our meats,” said Lamacchia. “We are currently cooperating with the USDA, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Montgomery County Health Department in Pennsylvania as part of a routine investigation in select states into these confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infection.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued warnings about the targeted beef. Whole Foods Market will continue to work with state and federal authorities as this investigation progresses, and looks forward to providing its customers with the high quality products that they have come to expect.

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22 Comments on "Whole Foods ground beef recall"

genoven
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genoven

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CreativeAngel
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CreativeAngel

Feel good. LOOK good… Here, here!

If only WF consumers knew about actual costs, even competitors’ prices, they would feel a little silly (:oops:) spending twice as much money for as common an item as Carnation milk ❗

jscirish27
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jscirish27

If the subject of pasture raised and finished animals and the food supply system in the US is something you are interested in, I would recommend the following reading: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food,” both by Michael Pollan and “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver. You will be astonished by what you learn. You could also read some of Joel Salatin’s books on biodynamic farming.

I rarely shop at Whole Foods. I would much rather go to a local farmers market than eat an organic red pepper flow half-way across the globe. I find Whole Foods to be an enterprise more concerned with making the consumer feel good about their choices rather than making a difference in the way we eat.

Brady-kp, I am familiar with Schiff’s. Damn that takes me back. If I remember correctly you said somewhere you were 26, so I’ve got you by ten years. I remember Schiff’s from wayback.

HobokenPublius
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HobokenPublius

grass fed is better in both taste and health if your looking for a good film rent King Corn and learn about how corn and how its ruined food in this country

CreativeAngel
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CreativeAngel

😯 Completely aside from the subject of meat, why in the world would anyone, wealthy or not, shop at Whole Foods? It is, by far, the most ridiculously expensive and pompous market. Trader Joe’s, even Garden of Eden, equates to a better shopping experience. Not to mention that most Whole Foods consumers wind up in a credit counselor’s office.

Be wise. Whole Foods is an image upheld by unhappy employees- nothing more. Therefore, hang onto your money for more valuable purchases.

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