Beef recall spreads to Grand Junction

Sam’s Club stores in Colorado are joining a national recall of about 60,000 pounds of ground beef because the product might be contaminated with E. coli.

Sam’s Club voluntarily has contacted members who may have recently purchased the beef. Stores, including the Grand Junction one at 1040 Independent Ave., are accepting returns of the beef.

No Grand Junction customers reported any ill effects from consuming the ground beef, said John Young, merchandise manager, on Monday.

National Beef Packing Co. of Dodge City, Kan., recalled about 60,000 pounds of ground beef because of E. coli concerns, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The recall includes ground beef chubs produced on July 23 with a freeze date of Aug. 12, and product codes 483, 684, 782, 785, 787. Also recalled are ground beef chubs produced on July 25 with a freeze date of Aug 14., bearing product codes 431, 471, 494.

“We’ve talked to lots of people who got that phone call and taken back frozen meat,” said Young.

None of the meat now on the shelves is affected by the recall. Recalled meat was last on the shelves two weeks ago, Young said.

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. have announced recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. An agriculture department said there have been no reports of illnesses.


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