Some pre-packaged beef sold at Dillons recalled after E. coli reports

July 3, 2008


Customers who purchased certain pre-packaged portions of Private Selection Natural ground beef from Dillons stores in Lawrence and elsewhere in Kansas should return the meat to the stores for a full refund, as the beef is being recalled in connection with an E. coli outbreak in Ohio and Michigan, the company said.

The 16-ounce packages - all of them with beef that is 91 percent lean, with sell-by dates of July 11 through July 21 - were offered in the self-service meat case and were the only products sold in Dillons that have been affected by a larger recall ordered by the grocery chain's parent company, Kroger Co., said Sheila Lowrie, a spokeswoman for Dillon Stores Inc. in Hutchinson.

Customers who have a package of the recalled beef should take it back to the store where it was purchased, for a full refund, Lowrie said.

The recalled meat came from Nebraska Beef Ltd., which is based in Omaha, Neb. While the Private Selection Natural ground beef came from Nebraska Beef, all other beef in the store - whether prepackaged or cut or ground in the store's butcher shop - came and continues to come from other sources.

"The Sterling Silver ground beef that customers find in our stores every day is not affiliated with Nebraska Beef," Lowrie said, noting that such products come from Cargill in Dodge City.

None of the recalled beef would have come in contact with any equipment at any Dillons store, she said.

E- coli infection can cause symptoms that include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. It can cause kidney failure or be fatal, but most people recover within a week.

Consumers with questions about the recall may call Kroger at (800) 632-6900.


Paul Geisler 9 years, 6 months ago

No doubt! Local meat processing may be better in some cases, but not always. When I was quite a bit younger I used to work for Harry's IGA in Topeka at 29th & Wanamaker and they would have us part-time high-school guys clean up all the equipment in the meat room each night after the union meat cutters would go home. It was so gross, and dangerous! And probably in violation of the meat cutter union rules. Now that I'm a bit older and wiser I certainly wouldn't trust some part-time teenage employee to be responsible for making sure all of the meat-processing equipment is clean and sterile! But since we rarely eat beef I'm not very concerned about this story. We mostly eat pork, chicken, and turkey in our house. And if we want to grill some burgers we usually use ground turkey or bison meat.

Mike Blur 9 years, 6 months ago

Nearly all ground beef will test positive for e. coli. Shoot, even the hands you are typing on your keyboards will test positive for e coli.24-7, 365, e coli is with us. Cook your meat thoroughly and minimize your e.coli intake. (You can never eliminate it--all of us ingest some amount of e. coli every day.)This is a non-story.

Danielle Brunin 9 years, 6 months ago

You can also grind your own hamburger at home using a food processor with minimal effort (check your model's directions in the manual or online). Just buy the cheap cuts of steak, make sure that the meat is chilled well, and grind it up. Since steaks are far less likely to be contaminated with E. coli, you can reduce your chances of getting tainted hamburger. However, offtotheright is correct, unless you are butchering or growing it yourself, you never really know if food is safe.

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