Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
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.
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.