Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Publix Pulls Beef Linked to Recall Voluntary Action Covers 703 Stores

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Publix Pulls Beef Linked to Recall Voluntary Action Covers 703 Stores

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Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union staff writer

********** CLARIFICATION August 1, 2002

Publix is recalling only ground beef with sell-by dates ranging from April 27 to May 10; May 31 to July 1; and July 7 to July 20, 2002. The grocer is not recalling any other types of meat. An informational box, published on Saturday with a Page A-1 story on the recall referred to the product with more general terms, The box appeared on Page A-7.

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A national massive ground beef recall expanded to Northeast Florida when Publix Super Markets Inc. voluntarily pulled its self-branded meat off the shelves of stores in four states this week.

The grocer recalled beef purchased from 703 stores in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Jacksonville on Thursday. Other national grocers such as Food Lion and Wal-Mart last week began removing meat processed by ConAgra Foods Inc. in the largest such recall in U.S. history.

Winn-Dixie said only one 5-pound pack of ground beef was affected by the recall.

On July 19, Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra recalled nearly 19 million pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated by E. coli bacteria at its plant in Greeley, Colo.

In seven states, 28 people have become ill after eating ConAgra ground beef products that were contaminated with a strain of the bacteria. U.S. health officials are warning the number of illnesses also could widen because some of the ground beef already sold and frozen by consumers may not be eaten for months.

Publix learned the product in its self-branded meat may have contained beef trimmings involved in the recall. American Foods Group, a Green Bay, Wis., vendor that sells ground beef to Publix, uses raw material beef from ConAgra.

American assured Publix there are no confirmed detection tests in the past six months for the bacteria, but the grocery decided to voluntarily recall the meat anyway.

"We are taking no chances with customer health and safety," said Dwaine Stevens, Publix spokesman.

Publix did not follow the lead of grocers that recalled some of their meat last week because it believed its meat was unaffected. …

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