Florida Injury Prevention: What’s in the Beef?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 5, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyBefore your Labor Day weekend grilling fest begins today, you may want to check your burgers. This may help prevent an unwelcome Florida injury or illness. Even though the sell-by date has passed for the latest recall, many consumers freeze ground beef. In addition, according to a study done by Rutgers University in 2008, almost half of us don’t check our refrigerators and cupboards when we hear about a recall.

So here are the details of the latest beef recall:

More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major grocery store chains in the Southeast have been recalled because of potential E. coli contamination. Officials say the ground beef recall affects products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The ground beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. and sold by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co.

The USDA says routine testing at an Ohio Department of Agriculture facility revealed E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Further investigation identified the National Beef Packing Co. as the sole source of the tainted ground beef.

Although no Florida injuries or illnesses have been reported to date, E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most serious cases, kidney failure. Children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli bacteria.

The recall applies to the following products:

  • At Kroger, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties and meatballs, and meat loaf made in the stores. Packages have a "sell by" date of July 29 through Aug. 12 and were sold at stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tenn.
  • At Publix, the products include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, prepared burgers, stuffed peppers, seasoned Salisbury steak, and other ground beef products with "sell by" dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. The products were sold at stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.
  • At Winn-Dixie, recalled products include ground chuck and patties with "sell by" dates between July 31 and Aug. 12.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or some you love has become seriously ill or injured due to a recalled product in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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