Publix voluntarily recalled an unspecified amount of ground beef after a possible contamination with E. coli caused 18 people to become sick. Publix has alerted its customers who have purchased varieties of its brand of ground chuck products between June 25 and July 31 in the following 24 counties in Florida, including Osceola.
The recall did not include ground beef sold in Publix stores in Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties.
Products that are currently for sale in the stores are not part of the recall and should be considered safe for proper cooking and consumption, Publix said.
The products in question are:
- Ground Chuck
- Ground Chuck Burgers
- Gourmet Burgers (Jalapeno & Cheddar, Pimento & Cheese, Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, and Swiss & Mushroom)
- Seasoned Ground Chuck Burgers (Badia, Mesquite, Montreal, and Steakhouse)
- Meatballs (Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, Swiss & Mushroom, and Spanish)
- Meatloaf (Seasoned and Grillers)
- Slider (Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Ground Chuck, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, and Swiss & Mushroom)
- Stuffed Peppers.
Customers who have purchased the products in question may return them to their local store for a full refund, according to the Public Press release. Anyone with further questions can call the customer care line at 1-800-242-1227 or visit Publix’s website.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said it “is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
Federal health authorities say people who become ill from E. coli can develop symptoms that include diarrhea and vomiting.