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Reuters reports that Kroger has “expanded its voluntary recall of all ground beef products sold in Michigan and certain Ohio stores between May 21 and June 8 because the meat has been linked to recent outbreaks of E. coli bacteria,” and now is including “ground beef products in Styrofoam tray packages wrapped in clear cellophane or purchased from an in-store service counter from certain stores … The company is also recalling Private Selection Natural ground beef, which was available at all Kroger stores, sold in 16 ounce packages from the self-service meat case.”

The move comes as the US Department of Agriculture informed Kroger that Nebraska Beef has been identified as the supplier of ground beef products linked to E. coli illnesses in Michigan and central and northern Ohio. The illnesses were reported between May 31 and June 8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not reported any additional illnesses related to this outbreak.

Nebraska Beef Ltd. is recalling nearly 532,000 pounds of ground beef produced in the last two months because the meat has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli illnesses. Much of the beef that Nebraska Beef is recalling was sold to wholesalers or other processing companies, so it may be difficult for consumers to determine if they have any of the beef.

KC's View:
Just more heartwarming news for an already jittery consumer population.