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Recall of the Week: Hamburger sold at WinCo Foods that could be contaminated with E. coli

WinCo Foods is expanding a Class 1 recall on all fresh ground beef products sold at all WinCo Foods stores. The original recall issued on April 10, 2010, was for ground beef sold from its Modesto store only.

Groundbeef An independent lab had tested two samples of ground beef purchased at the Modesto, Calif., store and found them to be positive for E. coli 0157:H7, WinCo said in a news release. A recall was issued.

When new information became available, the recall was expanded to all WinCo Foods stores. See the company’s Web site for a listing of the locations of its stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.

The recall involves all fresh ground beef packed in Styrofoam trays with a sale date of March 28, 2010, through April 9, 2010. The hamburger should be returned to the store for refund or destroyed.

Under no circumstances should consumers eat this recalled beef, advises the California Department of Public Health.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalled ground beef products at this time, according to the department.

E. coli 0157:H7 causes abdominal cramping, vomiting, and diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Consumers who have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately, the department advises.

Any illness of this type should be reported to the state or local health authorities.

Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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