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Tainted ground beef may have been sold locally

A telephone hotline has been set up for people who may have purchased E. coli-contaminated ground beef from Albertsons or Grocery Outlet in April or early May.

Parent company Supervalu said on Monday it was recalling some ground beef sold in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot stores under the Moran label. The recalled products had sell-by dates of April 20 through May 7.

It included Moran’s brand meat sold in 1- to 5-pound varieties under UPC numbers 34779 60501, 34779 60000, 34779 96000, 34779 91000, 34779 60010, 34779 96194 and 34779 21117. Also recalled was Albertsons’ 90/10 sirloin fresh hamburger patties.



Customers with questions about the recall can call United Food Group’s hotline at 1 (800) 325-4164.

Managers of Albertsons and Grocery Outlet in Grass Valley said they don’t know if any of the tainted beef was sold locally but added customers could return the meat for a full refund.




Albertsons Store Director Robbyn Nicola said, “I don’t have any idea” if any of the tainted meat was sold at the store.

“I have my recall notes up now, and customers can bring back any for a full refund,” Nicola said.

The same was true at Grocery Outlet, across the Glenbrook Basin from Albertsons in Grass Valley.

“Our customers may have some in their freezers,” said Cashier Manager Peggy Arnold. “We’re more than happy to give them a refund.”

Supervalu’s announcement stems from a recall announced Sunday by meat supplier United Food Group LLC of 75,000 pounds of contaminated ground beef. United Food also recalled meat sold at Grocery Outlet, Fry’s, Save-Mart, Smart and Final, Smith’s and Stater Bros. stores.

Symptoms of E. coli include stomach cramps that may be severe and diarrhea that may turn bloody within one to three days. E. coli sometimes can lead to complications, including kidney failure.

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For more on the Internet, see the USDA food safety site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.

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Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller contributed to this report.


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