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According to the Orlando Business Journal, Publix has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of products containing ground chuck because of possible contamination with the bacteria E. Coli. Publix, whose headquarters is in Lakeland, has more than 30 locations in the Orlando area. Products containing the potentially contaminated ground beef were sold in Publix grocery stores in the following Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Leon, Suwannee, Columbia, Alachua, Marion, Putnam, Clay, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval and Nassau. The beef was also sold in other states besides Florida.

This recall is an expansion of the voluntary recall issued by the National Beef Packing Company of Dodge City, Kansas. Apparently, beef originating from a slaughterhouse facility owned by National was distributed nationwide. The problem was discovered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture which ran tests on beef that had been purchased from National for further processing. This routine inspection and testing came back positive for the bacteria which if ingested can lead to diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure. Children, the elderly and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to food born illnesses.

Publix is recalling from its meat departments the following meat products with sell-by-dates between July 25 and August 12, 2011:


Item

GTIN / UPC

Product Description

93802

0029380200000

Seasoned Beef Meatballs

96643

0029664300000

Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)

96042

0029604200000

Ground Chuck Patties

96039

0029603900000

Ground Chuck

96640

0029664000000

Stuffed Peppers

93801

0029380100000

Seasoned Salisbury Steak

69282

0026928200000

Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties

72426

0027242600000

Mesquite Seasoned Chuck Patties

75526

0027552600000

Badia Seasoned Chuck Patties

77699

0027769900000

Steakhouse Ground Chuck Patties

98002

0029800200000

Jalapeno Burger

98003

0029800300000

Bacon & Cheddar Burger

97376

0029737600000

A/B Ground Chuck

98000

0029800000000

Blue Cheese Burger

98153

0029815300000

SC Bacon Cheddar Burger

69224

0026922400000

SC Seasoned Beef Meatball

98150

0029815000000

SC Blue Cheese Burger

69160

0026916000000

SC Meat Loaf (Oven Ready)

16683

0021668300000

SC Stuffed Peppers

16682

0021668200000

SC Pork, Beef, Ham Meatball

98001

0029800100000

Horseradish Cheddar Burger

69535

0026953500000

SC Montreal Seasoned Chuck Patties

98151

0029815100000

SC Horseradish Burger

98152

0029815200000

SC Jalapeno Burger

99950

0029995000000

Ground Chuck Slider Patties

96043

0029604300000

Ground Chuck for Chili

96037

0029603700000

Beef and Pork for Meatloaf

A person who becomes ill from ingesting food suspected of being contaminated by bacteria such as E. Coli should immediately go to the emergency room or get checked out by a doctor. If the food was contaminated and did in fact cause the illness, not only is the manufacturer who produced the food responsible, the store who sold the food is as well responsible. A company or person who places that dangerous food into the stream of commerce and hurts a member of the public can be help strictly liability for the harm caused.

Wooten, Kimbrough & Normand, P.A. – Orlando food poisoning lawyers