Ground Beef Recall: Possible E. Coli

The Baltimore Sun reports on a ground beef recall on meat sold at 26 BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, including the BJ’s in White Marsh outside of Baltimore. The culprit once again: possible E. Coli contamination.

It is not a huge recall: 8,500 pounds of ground beef have been recalled. The Department of Agriculture reports that the ground beef has an identifying product code of W69032 and carries the establishment number EST.9400 inside the USDA mark of inspection. (Please don’t ask me what an establishment number is. I’ve never head of it.)
The ground beef was produced on June 11, 2010 and has an “eat or freeze by” date of July 1st. As the Baltimore Sun article points out, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said people who buy from BJ’s often buy in bulk to eat the food much later.

I don’t expect to see a lot of lawsuits from this recalled ground beef because the volume is relatively low and it sounds like the people who have gotten sick from it are doing well. But, stating the manifestly obvious: if you bought ground beef from BJ’s, make sure it is not subject to this recall.

This is the Baltimore Sun article.