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Posted: August 30, 2018

Publix recalling more than 2 dozen ground beef products over virulent E. coli strain in Florida


By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LAKELAND, Fla. —

Publix Super Markets Inc., based in Lakeland, Florida, is recalling more than two dozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with a highly virulent strain of the E. coli bacteria called Escherichia coli 026.

The products were shipped to 24 counties in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. The counties include Orange and Hillsborough counties. To see the complete list, click here

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The meat products were bought between June 25, 2018 and July 31, 2018, and have sickened at least 18 people, mostly in Florida, between July 5 and July 31, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An investigation revealed that the victims reported eating ground chuck products bought at Publix grocery stores, but USDA officials said they have not, yet, identified the source of the contamination.

The agency is urging consumers to check their meat products, including any frozen products, to make sure they don’t have any meat sold at Publix stores between June 25 and July 31. Throw out any possible contaminated products or return them to the store. 

Escherichia coli, which is abbreviated as E.coli, are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of humans and animals. Most strains are harmless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some strains can cause sickness. Likely symptoms of contamination include diarrhea and stomach cramping, but in more severe causes, victims can develop urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia and other illnesses, the CDC reported.

>> Related: More than 25,000 pounds of ground beef recalled over E. coli contamination fears

Here is a list of the meat products under recall from Publix stores in Florida:

Bacon & cheddar burgers 

Bacon & cheddar meatballs 

Bacon & cheddar slider

Bacon & fried onion burger 

Bacon & fried onion meatball 

Bacon & fried onion slider

Badia seasoned ground chuck burger 

Blue cheese burgers 

Blue cheese meatballs 

Blue cheese slider 

Ground chuck 

Ground chuck burgers 

Ground chuck for chili 

Ground chuck for meat loaf 

Ground chuck slider 

Jalapeno & cheddar slider 

Jalapeno and cheddar burger 

Jalapeno and cheddar meatballs 

Meat loaf grillers 

Mesquite seasoned ground chuck burger

Montreal seasoned chuck burger 

Seasoned meatloaf (oven ready) 

Spanish meatballs 

Steakhouse seasoned ground chuck burger

Stuffed peppers (oven ready) 

Stuffed pimento cheese burger 

Swiss & mushroom burger 

Swiss & mushroom meatball 

Swiss & mushroom slider


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Publix recalling more than 2 dozen ground beef products over virulent E. coli strain

Publix recalling more than 2 dozen ground beef products over virulent E. coli strain

Publix is recalling close to 30 ground beef products over fears of bacterial contamination. Almost 20 people have been sickened in Florida since early July.

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