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WinCo Foods has expanded its ground beef recall from only its store in Modesto, Calif., to all 70 of its stores in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon and Utah.
The original recall was triggered by an independent laboratory’s original test of two samples of ground beef purchased at the Boise, Idaho-based regional retailer’s Modesto location, which were found to be positive for E. coli 0157:H7 — a bacterium that causes foodborne illness. In a statement, WinCo Foods said it issued the companywide recall “[o]ut of concern for the health of our customers and our ongoing commitment to provide only safe, quality products.”
Winco also said “new information has come to light that potentially implicates” one of its ground beef suppliers. In turn, acting on the advice of the California Department of Public Health and consistent with the ongoing investigation by USDA, WinCo has expanded its voluntary recall to include all fresh ground beef sold at any WinCo Foods store.
The product under recall is all fresh ground beef packed in foam trays with a sale date of March 28, 2010, through April 9, 2010. Product should either be returned to the store for refund or be destroyed. No illnesses have been confirmed to date in connection with the recall.
WinCo is asking consumers who have eaten fresh ground beef purchased from any of its stores between March 28, 2010, and April 9, 2010, and who have experienced any symptoms consistent with E.coli 0157:H7 to contact their doctor or health care provider immediately, and also report the same to state or local health authorities.
The grocer also advised consumers to check the FDA Web site for further information and answers concerning foodborne illness and food safety.